Manchester’s leading women’s basketball team Manchester Mystics and Manchester Metropolitan (MMU) have established a new partnership to help shape the future of basketball in the city.
The collaboration will aim to further the development of a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of women’s basketball in Manchester, according to MMU.
The new partnership will grow a closer relationship, with MMU taking over management of all operations at Manchester Mystics.
Neil Hurren, Strategic Lead for Sport at Manchester Metropolitan, said: “This new partnership will help with our recruitment of talented student athletes onto our scholarship programme and enhance our reputation as the destination of choice for Basketball.
“With our three female basketball scholars; Samantha Roscoe, Rheanne Bailey and Grace Simmons already currently playing for the Mystics senior team, it is a natural fit.”
Basketball at MMU has thrived over recent years. The women’s team has achieved back-to-back promotions and are currently in their first season in BUCS tier one – the second highest student league in the country. The men’s team has also achieved back-to-back promotions in the BUCS league and play in the Premier League – the highest level of student basketball in the UK.
As part of the Manchester Metropolitan’s Sport Scholarship programme, the University has actively recruited student athletes directly through the relationships that have been established with all of Manchester’s national league basketball clubs.
The new partnership will also provide opportunities for students looking to gain experience in a range of areas including event management, performance analysis and exercise and nutrition.
The Scholarships with MMU Sport offer a bespoke package for students to be able to excel in the lecture theatre and in the sporting arena.
The 2018 cohort saw 55 scholars join the University to benefit from the sporting package, which includes nutrition, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning as well as financial support and contributions towards tuition fees.
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