Prospective University of Bath students flocked through the Sports Training Village on Thursday (June 18), engaging with various talks, tours and stands giving a taster of the world class sport facilities on campus.
Talks from head coaches were accompanied by information provided via a number of invidiaul sport stands which engaged with the high volume of visitors throughout the day.
Hockey Development Manager Nick Kendall said he and Team Bath Hockey Head Coach Jody Paul were “really enthusiastic” about the level of interest their stand received during the University Open Day – particularly about the number of talented hockey players they came across.
He said: “We spoke to players of a complete spectrum of ability – from people who’ve never played hockey to England U18 players.
“We’re really enthusiastic about beginner players we’ve spoken with, but also players with real pedigree that we’ve come across today,” Kendall added. “I’d say around 75% of people we’ve spoken to would be a real asset to the top level hockey programme at Team Bath.”
Track and Field Head Coach Colin Bovell shared Kendall’s sentiments, saying: “We’ve had a fair amount of interest today. We’re very happy with the way things have gone.”
The prospective students, who will discover their academic fate on A level results day in August, were given access to the majority of facilities via guided tours or could simply wander around the STV at their own pace.
Prospective Maths student Ben did just that, and said he was “very excited” by the possibility of studying at the University.
He said: “I’m really impressed with the facilities here. I’m interested in cross-country running and am very excited about the prospect of studying at Bath. I really like the campus.”
Other visitors shared similar sentiments, and a potential Engineering student added: “I’m interested in playing rugby here, and so the talk from [Head Coach] Aaron James was particularly impressive. We like the campus here at Bath, and open days are always that bit nicer when the sun is out!”