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Fun, games and David Beckham studies

THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

For many teenagers the idea of combining study with their favorite pastime might sound too good to be true. And despite the mockery of “Mickey Mouse degrees” there is, inevitably, more to them than meets the eye.

For example, while the 16-year-olds who join the Surf Academy at Treviglas College in Cornwall do get into the water twice a week, they also learn about the business aspect of the fast-growing pastime. Tutors claim a 100 percent success rate in getting youngsters either straight into the industry or onto Plymouth University’s surf science and technology BSc.

Darts has yet to be studied to degree level, although one aficionado, Patrick Chaplin, completed a PhD in the sport’s social history. Meanwhile, Buckingham University offers BA degrees in soccer, rugby and golf, but these are principally sports industry management courses with a specialization.

For the less active fan, there is of course Staffordshire University’s module on soccer culture, popularly known as “David Beckham studies.”

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