The Department of Sport Studies within the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) recently assisted with fitness testing at Durban High School (DHS).
According to Dr Shereen Currie, acting HOD at the Department of Sport Studies, their visit to DHS was part of developing a new relationship with sport-focused schools to assist with practical applications as part of their new qualification, Bachelor of Sport Science and Management. Departmental staff and second year Sport Science and Management students assisted with fitness testing at DHS, testing 80 boys from grade 8 to grade 12. This forms an integral part of the Department’s teaching and learning culture to ensure beneficial collaborations with practical application of knowledge for DUT’s graduates.
“The Department is in the process of developing relationships with sport-focused schools, thus far this includes DHS and Westville Boys High School (WBHS). Our students will gain practical experience, and we will be able to deliver community engagement initiatives where we can share our expertise, knowledge, and resources,” explained Dr Currie.
She further indicated that this community engagement initiative will lead to further high-performance sports testing, and research within the Department’s equipped high-tech gym.
Mr Myles Usher, who runs the strength and conditioning at DHS said they are grateful for DUT joining them in facilitating their testing protocols. He said going into the school holidays, they are trying to make sure that their boys maintain and grow their fitness levels during the holidays.
Following the holidays, the Department will repeat the fitness testing to monitor the fitness levels of these students.
The Department is looking forward to further collaborations with schools and other industry stakeholders.
Pictured: DHS learner with DUT’s Mr Mfundo Ngwenya, Mr Cameron Smith and Mr Andrew Lotz.