Volleyball stars swap court for classroom at Anglia Ruskin

Published: 14 July 2011 at 10:13

Olympic hopefuls to take part in special business seminar in Chelmsford

The Great Britain Women’s Volleyball team will swap the court for the classroom on Wednesday 27 July, when they take part in a special seminar at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.

“Preparing to Perform: Lessons for Business Leaders” will enable local companies and business leaders to learn from the team’s experiences, which saw them overcome adversity to secure a place at the Olympic Games.

The players were informed last August that they had lost their entire UK Sport Lottery Funding.  However, they refused to give up on their dream of representing Great Britain next summer and – after months of hard work and sacrifice – they have been told they have now met the criteria needed to take part.

The seminar will focus on retaining focus and morale; achieving training goals; and examining the physical, spiritual and mental factors necessary to become a successful athlete.

The experts will discuss these issues – and their relevance to business leadership – using a holistic development model called The Global Fitness Framework, which has been produced within Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School.

John Rayment, Principal Lecturer in Decision Making and Problem Solving at Lord Ashcroft International Business School, said:

“This will be a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes insight into a team preparing to compete in next year’s Olympics.

“The experience is bound to be enthralling, and could prove to be invaluable for leaders dealing with major challenge and change within their business.”

The event, which runs from 10am- 5pm, is free and includes a buffet lunch and refreshments, as well as the opportunity to watch the volleyball team take part in a special practice session.  Anyone interested in attending should email marcoms.laibs@anglia.ac.uk or phone 0845 196 6833.