Residential life centres around our Players Hub at University of East London. Facilites include premium-quality, ensuite accommodation, VIP access to UEL’s elite sports gym and training facilities and a range of restaurant and social amenities.
UEL Docklands is a modern campus with a unique, contemporary design. It offers a premium-quality resident for Choices International student-athletes and allows access to facilities tailored to the needs of elite athletes within an educational enviroment.
UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON (DOCKLANDS CAMPUS)
University of East London is the leading sports university in London with a student population of circa 18,000 Students across 3 campus-locations.
Docklands campus is the largest and most-modern and based in close vicinity to the 2012 Olympics venue. Its’ high-quality sports facilities -SportsDock- provided the training -base for the US Olympic team during the Games and it continues to be a base for elite sportsmen and women today.
SportsDock is a top-of-the-range indoor sports-centre providing a wide range of sports including basketball, 5/ 7-aside soccer and racquet sports. The SportsDock includes a large Gym facility incorporating Pre-core Cardio equipment, Free Weights, a Virtual Cycling room and Studio facilities. It is staffed by a team of 20 Fitness instructors and Studio Team members. It is the perfect venue for general Fitness and sports activities.
ELITE ATHLETE TRAINING CENTRE
In close proximity to Sports Dock, the Docklands Campus boasts a state-of-the-art Elite Athlete training centre where professional athletes are supported in their training regime by experienced Strength & Conditioning Team comprised of ex-professional athletes and coaches.
Athletes are supported by a team of medical and physiotherapy staff dedicated to ensuring that athletes receive the best support to minimise the risk of injury and to assist with recuperation in the event of injury.
UEL is one of the very few universities in London to offer on-campus accommodation. It provides stunning waterfront Halls of Residence in convenient, secure and comfortable – and in close proximity to all facilities.
Each room is standard en-suite, single occupancy rooms, designed to give you all the comforts you need to make a home away from home. All flats host a large modern and spacious shared kitchen/dining area.
We offer to our participants a great selection of homestays. The hosts reflect our multi-cultural society and English is always the main language spoken in the house. Homestays are a popular choice for international students visiting London. They offer the benefit of a family atmosphere, the chance to practice your English, and a chance to experience a different way of life. You will be always treated like a member of the family. As a general guide, most homestays live in residential locations in the suburbs , with an average travel time of 30-40 minutes by bus or train .The price of public transport varies from city to city, with London travelcards costing approximately £6 per day (zone 1-3).Homestay accommodation is half board (includes breakfast and dinner) during the week and full board ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) at the weekend. All homestays are carefully selected and visited regularly to ensure consistently high standards and a warm welcome !
The Academy of Football also offers the opportunity for aspiring, young UK players to join the Academy’s full-time football and education programme on a day student-athletes basis.
Day student-athletes participate in the same programme as international participants, with training and education provided at the same level. This includes all coaching, kit, equipment, academic study programme, guest speakers ,seminars and physical development, strengthening & conditioning sessions. Any additional costs i.e for excursions, additional meals and exam fees for A level courses or other exams are optional.
At Choices International we pride ourselves on the safety, happiness and well-being of our students-athletes. Athletes welfare is a fundamental part of our programme and which we recognise as being important to our student-athletes’ development as a player and a person.
Starting a new programme can be daunting, particularly when you don´t know anyone. At Choices International we try to make it easier for everyone to find their feet and make new friends. On your first day with us, your appointed welfare officer will meet with you to introduce you to the other participants and academy staff and provide you with an orientation session and a tour of facilities. They will be on hand throughout your programme to offer support and advice. We also organise a regular and varied social programme for all participants, ensuring that it is easy to get to know everyone and make new friends.
There is a vibrant social programme at Choices International, which includes two weekend extra-curricular activities per month.
We take student-athletes to a minimum of one WHUFC home match each term and cultural activities and trips associated with the programme throughout the year plus an international trip to play and train at a Tier 1 club abroad.
We also have a welcome day and orientation for new student-athletes.
The social programme is optional and there is an associated cost in order to participate that needs to be paid before booking by each participant.
Some activities will be covered by the programme for example entrance fees to WHUFC home matches.
We like you to feel at home and to have an unforgettable experience!