Sport Aston received some excellent news last week when the Institute of Qualified Lifeguards (IQL) awarded the Centre a score of 100%, with approval for Sport Aston and the Woodcock Centre to continue as a NPLQ Trainer Assessor centre.
Sport Aston has long been held in high esteem by the IQL but this is the first time it has ever scored 100% on the assessment, demonstrating the quality, care and investment in training that Sport Aston prides itself on. It also illustrates that its Lifeguards are some of the most highly trained and skilled in the West Midlands. Before the Woodcock Sports Centre closed for its refurbishment Sport Aston had achieved a staggering 100% pass rate for all its candidates that had enrolled onto the NPLQ course for 2 years running.
Director of Campus Services Mike Kirkman said: “I am very proud that we have achieved this 100% score in our assessment. Despite Woodcock being closed since August training for the team has continued. Michele Robins has undertaken and led many courses herself over the years and worked hard to develop the quality of training that Sport Aston provides which has led to so many marvellous results.”
Sport Aston will once again be running the NPLQ Lifeguard courses once the Woodcock refurbishment is completed later this year.
The Woodcock refurbishment project will greatly enhance the standard and quality of sports provision here on campus for Aston students and staff to enjoy. The old Woodcock gym will be increased by over a third of its previous size, there will be a Womens’ Only gym room, a new two storey Dance and Martial Arts studio and much improved dry and wet changing facilities. Find out more here.
Words by Simon Foster