The Level 3 Sport students volunteered to help run the event and completed a wide array of tasks. These included lane marshalling, competitor organisation, scoring and recording of results, race announcements, event logistics and participating in the medal ceremony.
The students developed their organisational, interpersonal and communication skills by managing the meeting and greeting operation of schools on their arrival for the event. This also included welcoming the Mayor of Lancaster who supported and viewed the event.
Sport lecturer Sarah Donohue said, “Students demonstrated excellent communication, showed their initiative and were role models for the young people competing”.
Sport & Public Services Deputy Programme Area Manager, Gary Kelly, said 'Sports students at LMC support the Swimming Gala at Salt Ayre every year which enhances their employability skills. The event provides our students’ with the opportunity to work with a diverse group of learners and develops their inclusive practices. Enhancing these skills are essential as employment in the Sport & Leisure industry can involve working with a wide range of age groups and participants of varying ability levels. The students deserve great credit for the way they applied themselves to all aspects of the event and for the way they represented LMC'.
This event is one example of the opportunities available to LMC students to gain essential work related experience and develop employability skills, which will support their career progression pathways.
Other opportunities include; European visits to France, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland and Slovakia for both coaching and cultural exchanges. Sports students also have the opportunity to complete the National Citizenship Service Award programme in addition to gaining their Football Association Level 1 Coaching in Football qualification with Lancashire Football Association.
To find out more about Sports courses at LMC, click HERE.
Lancaster and Morecambe College Football Academy & Level 3 Sport students have successfully completed their FA Level 1 in Coaching Football qualification. The course was organised through our partnership with Lancashire Football Association and was delivered by their qualified FA Tutors using LMC’s fantastic sports facilities.
The qualification is the first step on the coaching pathway and provides students with an introduction to coaching football & working with players from under seven to open age. Learners engaged in a range of workshops, practical assessments and e-learning modules which included; the roles & qualities of a coach, principles and practices of play, long-term player development, The FA’s Plan, Do, Review model and England DNA. The course also incorporated the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop & FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football.
Football Academy & Sport students use their FA Level 1 qualification to deliver football and sport sessions for school children in the local community, achieve employment in the LMC Community Sports Centre and work in a range of regional sports organisations and leisure centres.
LMC Football Academy Coach, David Scambler said “the students showed great application to all aspects of the course which they really enjoyed. The Level 1 in Football Coaching qualification is also an excellent part of the Football Academy and Sports programmes that we run here at LMC”.
LMC Sport & Public Services Deputy Programme Area Manager, Gary Kelly, said “The FA Level 1 qualification is a brilliant opportunity for Football Academy & Sport students to gain essential work related experience and Employability Skills to support their personal and professional development. LMC is a selected Association of Colleges Football 'Super Hub' and Grassroots Tier 2 Football Hub. These awards are a testament to LMC’s excellent football provisions which support all our learners to develop and enhance their football skills & knowledge”.
Sport Students also have the opportunity to access European Visits for coaching and cultural exchanges to Spain, France, Poland & Bulgaria. Football Academy students have the opportunity to complete their National Citizen Service Award which includes a residential visit, Personal & Social Development programme & Social Action project. As part of their training programme, Academy players attend a fitness session each week at Bayfit Gym in addition to the daily football coaching programme that the students receive from UEFA qualified tutors.
Morecambe Football Club Category 3 Academy and Lancaster & Morecambe College Football Academy require referees and assistant referees for the 2018-2019 season.
They are looking for suitably qualified match officials for the 2018-19 season.
Qualification Levels Required
Referees should be qualified to at least Level 5 and Referees Assistants to at least level 7.
Rates of Pay
Level 5 referees can earn between £25-32 per game. Level 7 referees/assistants can earn between £18-25 per game.
Match Days and Kick-Off Times
Morecambe Football Club Category 3 Academy games: Sundays, Kick-off 10.30am or 11.00am. Lancaster & Morecambe College Football Academy/Development games: Wednesdays, Kick-off 1.00pm or 2.00pm.
All games are played at Lancaster & Morecambe College with full changing facilities provided. There will be times when there will be multiple games on Wednesdays and Sundays which will require officiating.
If you meet the qualification requirements and are available to officiate at any of the times stated then please contact Gary Kelly on the details below. If you wish to discuss any suitability for the officiating opportunities, then please do not hesitate to contact Gary Kelly on the details below.
Jonathon gave a presentation about the 1 year Sports Top-up Degree course and hosted a question and answer session with the students.
Students were able to gain information on the timetabling, content and structure of the modules they will be studying on their programme. They also discussed the opportunities for Research Projects and Work Placements along with the Universities community and sports links that they could access.
Jonathon said “the students were very inquisitive about the course and asked a range of pertinent questions which was great to see. We are delighted that so many of the Sports Coaching students at LMC are progressing on to our top up degree course at the University of Cumbria. It is excellent to see the development of our partnership link with LMC which we hope will grow and strengthen in the future.”
HND Level 5 Sport student, Georgia Lupton said “It was a great opportunity to listen and gain insight into what I will be doing on my progression course later this year. It also gave me some ideas of what I can be working on to prepare for the course.”
Nine Level 5 in Sports Coaching students are progressing on to the top up degree course with the University of Cumbria on completion of their two year HND qualification at LMC. The students have recently completed a visit to the University of Cumbria to view their facilities and campus.
HND Sports Coaching students at LMC have an excellent range of opportunities to gain essential work experience and Employability Skills to support their career progression pathways. These opportunities include European Visits to Lanzarote for warm weather training & coaching, France for skiing and snowboard coaching and Bulgaria, Hungary & Slovakia for coaching and cultural exchanges.
Students gain their Football Association Level 1 Coaching in Football qualification with Lancashire FA. They also coach and participate in a range of sports sessions including Tag Rugby, La Crosse, Cricket, Change for Life and multi-sport coaching sessions.
Course taken at college: Level 2 NCFE Sports Coaching
School Attended: Dowdales School
What are the best things about your course? The best things about my course is that it is sport based. You get to try different sports as well as the ones you already know and the theory is done within this. I have developed a really good rapport with the tutors and they have always been happy to help and support us throughout the year.
Why did you choose your course? I chose this course as it was recommended by one of my cricket coaches who had previously completed the course.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I wanted a fresh start from school and to meet new people who share the same interests as me.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? If you like playing sport and are interested in aspects like; Strength and Conditioning, Performance Analysis and Sports Coaching then this is an ideal course for you.
What has been your biggest accomplishment whilst studying at LMC? The year has gone really quick, I have enjoyed being here and studying a specific subject that I am interested in. My biggest accomplishment is getting distinction grades in all of my units. My confidence has grown so much through being on this course, by doing things like coaching sessions for my group. I came here on my own from school and that made me more independent as I had to make new friends.
What do you hope to do when you’ve completed this course? I am progressing onto the Level 3 Sport course at college and I am really looking forward to it. In the future I would like to be a Cricket Coach, however my big dream is to be a Professional Cricketer.
Any other comments? College has really improved my wider skills as well as my knowledge of Sports Coaching. I have gained more independence which is something I may not have got from staying on at school.
I play county cricket for Durham and I am in a Regional Development Centre which is also based in Durham. This course has enabled me to gain an added insight into the technical and tactical aspects of my sport. I can now look at my assessments to see how I am performing and what are my strengths and areas to develop.
What did you do after college? • Professional contracts in Australia, Romania and Germany • Competed in 4 European Championships • Competed in 2011/12 World League • Competed at London Olympic Games • Won Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games • Become a Personal Trainer and Co-owner of BayFit Ltd
What is your favourite thing about your job? Being able to use my personal experiences as an athlete to help others achieve their own personal goals in life.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? LMC had the best reputation for sports courses in the area.
What were the best bits about your course? Having the flexibility to allow myself to continue with my sports and still be able to complete my college work. The tutors were incredibly supportive.
Why did you choose your course? Sport at LMC was most suitable course for what I wanted to do after school.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course? Go for it! You learn a great deal of all aspects with fitness industry, sports, activities and running events.
Anything else you would like to tell us? I always struggled at school but managed to excel much greater at college. The environment and support allowed me to be the best version of myself.
Current Occupation:Personal Trainer & Swimming Instructor
What did you do after college? I started working at Castle Green Hotel in Kendal as a Fitness Instructor, where I successfully completed a variety of courses enabling me to work towards becoming a Personal Trainer. I also trained as a Swimming Instructor and taught a lot of different classes including Boxercise, Aqua Aerobics, Circuits and others.
I am now working as a Self-Employed Swimming Teacher & Personal Trainer.
How did you get into your career? After spending time using different gyms and realising how much of a rewarding career can be had in the fitness industry, I decided to apply for jobs in Leisure Clubs so I could gain some experience and begin my fitness career.
What were the best bits about your course? The course covers a vast variety of subjects, which in turn increased my understanding of many different aspects of sport & fitness. The best part of the course for me was the amount of practical work it incurred. This was so important as it helped me to gain appropriate knowledge and skills to confidently coach large groups of people. These skills helped me to progress in my career after college.
I was part of the Development Football team which was really enjoyable; being able to train every day and receive fantastic training sessions from experienced coaches really helped me to improve both my fitness and footballing skills.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I chose LMC because I wanted to focus totally on a Sports course as I knew this is was the career I wanted to pursue. After looking around the college and seeing what the course had to offer, I knew it was going to be right for me.
How did LMC help you get where you are today? The knowledge and experience I reaped from all the different subjects helped me gain important skills that I have been able to use to progress in my career.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course? The course covers many subjects associated with sport and fitness, which helps to give more of an idea which part of the industry you may wish to work in. You will also get the chance to meet new people who share the same interest which helps make your time at the college more enjoyable.
Anything else you would like to tell us? There was always a friendly atmosphere around the sports centre, everyone got on well including students and staff. The college organised some fantastic trips including a stay at Club La Santa in Lanzarote, I went twice and it was a brilliant experience both times. It allowed me to meet people from different courses.
Going to college was the best decision I made, the whole experience was great and it has helped me get to where I am today.
Current occupation:Communication Specialist in the British Army
What did you do after college? I decided to travel around Australia for a year to gain experience of other countries cultures and lifestyles. On my return to the UK, I applied to join the Army.
How did you get into your career? Even from my college days I always knew that I wanted to do something physical and challenging for a career. I could never see myself sat behind a desk working 9-5. I had also carried out work experience with the Army through LMC so I decided I wanted to explore the Army pathway. Six months later I was on a train heading to Pirbright to start my basic training.
What were the best bits about your course? The best bit for me was 100% being able to play football every day. I made some friends for life at LMC who have made me the person I am today. They made my time at LMC unforgettable with the times we spent on and off the pitch and for me, they were some of the most memorable days of my life. Even now 10 years on, I still reminisce about my LMC days, and what I would give to go back even just for a week. The tutors were so influential and my football coaches were excellent. I did not realise at the time, but the coaches wanted nothing more than to see success for their students. They would always do anything in their power to make sure we developed and succeeded which was great.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I did not do as well as I hoped in my GCSEs and the Army initially turned me away for being too small. LMC gave me an opportunity to do something worthwhile which appealed to me and made me realise I still had other career options to explore.
How did LMC help you get where you are today? The time I spent at LMC made me a much more confident person! It re-opened doors for me which I thought were closed for good. LMC also introduced me to Morecambe Ladies Football Club. I honestly believe a lot of the characteristics I cherish, which have made me a better soldier over the years, were gained at LMC.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course? If you want to do a course where you have a laugh every day, make friends who will be there for you through the highs and lows, push yourself into proving you can achieve more than you thought, and give yourself many opportunities for the future then stop thinking about it and get on the Sport & Public Service courses at LMC.
Anything else you would like to tell us? In the past 6 years I have been to Brazil, America, Majorca, Sierra Leonne, Holland, Germany, mostly through playing sport for the Army. I have met Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, and the whole England team. I have done and experienced things that I would never have had the chance to do without the Army. I would never have been able to do that without the support of LMC who helped me realise what career I wanted to do.
I went to UClan to top up my Sports Coaching Foundation Degree. I then decided to take another career option route working in a residential care home with young people for four years. I completed a Level 3 in Childcare qualification during my employment.
How did you get into your career?
I did a part time teaching qualification at LMC working in the Sports department. Approximately six months after finishing the PGCE qualification, I applied for a teaching position at Crookhey Hall School as a Physical Education Teacher. After two years of employment at the school, I was asked if I wanted to take on the Nurture Suite. This involved nurturing and developing the younger pupils which I still do today.
What were the best bits about your course?
The atmosphere in and around college and the friends you meet which I still have contact with today. The opportunities that are available at LMC. I was lucky enough to work in Bulgaria on a Summer Sports Camp in 2008. I also fortunate to travel to Russia to work with a grammar school and had the opportunity to travel to Slovakia on two occasions for a skiing holiday.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College?
I decided from an early age I wanted to work in sport and be employed in the education sector. LMC offered me plenty of opportunities at the time, it was local and I could join the Rugby academy. The interview process put me at ease and the staff made me feel welcome.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course?
I would say without a shadow of doubt to have a think about LMC. Have a visit. The opportunities available and the chances I had were life changing and it certainly broaden my horizons. Without LMC offering the variety of courses that I did, I probably would not be where I am now.
How did LMC help you get where you are today?
The support and teaching staff where so supportive and they also had the time for me. They encouraged me to do my best. I remember my tutor noticed for the first time, throughout my whole education life, that I may have dyslexia. He put me through the test and it turned out that I did have dyslexia. The support available throughout my studies at LMC was excellent. I still remain grateful for this, as I have learnt how to deal with it, and overcome this barrier.
Anything else you would like to tell us?
Thank you to Iain Parkinson for noticing that I had dyslexia. Thank you to Jayne Roper for mentoring me through my teaching qualification and then giving me a great reference which supported my application to my Career now.
What did you do after college? After completing college I originally went to Edge Hill University, but after a couple of months of being there decided that this wasn’t the way forward for me so I decided to take a big risk and leave. This thankfully worked out better than I expected and I found myself getting an apprenticeship in my local gym just 10 minutes from where I live.
How did you get into your career? After searching online for local apprenticeships to do with sport I found my local gym was on there, so I decided to take my CV down to them and thankfully they decided to hire me.
What were the best bits about your course? The best bit about my course...there’s lots to choose from including the friendships I made, the opportunities the course had to offer and how easy and friendly the staff were to get on with. But the best bit for me was probably how much we were able to play sports every week and how we got to try new sports like Lacrosse, Archery, Handball and many more. Opportunities I wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I chose Lancaster & Morecambe College after listening to friends that had already gone there, the facilities they had to offer and how easy it was to get there.
How did LMC help you get where you are today? Through completing my course at LMC it allowed me to get the grades to get into university even though I never stuck it out there. But LMC also helped me get the job I’ve got today. My current employers looked at what I had done at college and the experienced I gained there in the sports department.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course? Give everything, enjoy it and go for all of the opportunities they offer. Some of my best memories are from going abroad with the college and playing football every week with the team in my first year.
During my studies, I travelled across South East Asia (including Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam), Australia and New Zealand. During my stay in New Zealand I had a wonderful experience watching the Rugby World Cup 2011, staying in the England team hotel whilst watching England vs. France and New Zealand vs. Argentina, both in the Quarter Finals.
How did you get into your career? Initially, having applied to various clubs in various sports I was unsuccessful in applying for a sports scientist role. As a result, it was a friend who discussed the option of teaching and undertaking my PGCE.
Having applied for jobs all over the country I received my first job at Wiltshire College in Salisbury on a fixed term 0.5 contract for 9 months. This then led me to other short term posts at East Surrey College and City of Westminster College. This gave me valuable experience as I felt I wasn’t quite ready for full time teaching. I was then very fortunate to receive a full-time post at Uxbridge College as a Lecturer in Sport where I have worked and developed over the last 4 years.
What were the best bits about your course? Lots and lots of sport! Which is what a sport course is all about in my opinion. Also the help I received to achieve my FA Level 1 and FA Level 2 Football Coaching qualifications as well as other additional qualifications including a Sports Leaders Award. I had a good relationship with a number of tutors which ensured I progressed well and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
Why did you choose Lancaster and Morecambe College? Personally, I lived locally to LMC so It was a very convenient choice. The football academy was a big pull as football was a very big part of my life and at the time I had still hoped there was a professional football career in the waiting. I was also aware of the nature of the course due to friends who had previously attended the course and then gone on to bigger and better things.
How did LMC help you get where you are today? The tutors and course enabled me to achieve a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport qualification. The qualification provided me with a platform to move forward with my education. The staff at LMC supported me with the UCAS application process for my career progression. Tutors and staff also provided additional coaching and assisted me with the relevant skills and qualities required to be successful when working with other people in a sporting environment.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course? Work hard, you get out what you put in. The level 3 provides the opportunity for lots of different pathways and opens lots of doors. The more you apply yourself to the course, the more fun you will have and the more successful you will be.
What did you do after college? I went straight to Leeds Beckett University studying BA Hons Sport Development. This summer I will be working abroad in America teaching Horse Riding and Volleyball, I was fortunate enough to gain references from the Sport staff at LMC. This will be a great opportunity to further my career and I am excited to look to the future.
How did you get into your career? After studying at college and completing a lot of work placements and assisting in events I knew I wanted to be a PE teacher. My grades weren’t great, and I worried I wouldn’t get into University, but with help from the tutors at LMC, I boosted my grades and thus I received full unconditional offers at all the Universities I applied to and am now studying to fulfil my aspirations.
What were the best bits about your course? Studying two courses at LMC allowed me to really define where I want to go and what I want to do in the future. For me studying the Sport Development module in (Level 3 Sport) really opened my eyes to the vast barriers of sport to the nation. These courses are taught by knowledgeable staff who are supportive and always want you to achieve the best grades you are capable of. During my time at college I was fortunate to go on many trips, my favourite being Club La Santa training camp.
I was fortunate enough to be able to complete several extra coaching courses through my course such as FA level 1, which was also an added incentive to pursue a career in sport.
Why did you choose Lancaster and Morecambe College? I knew sixth form wasn’t for me as I don’t do well with exams, however a friend introduced to me to LMC and I knew that I would excel studying here. The open evening I attended was important to me as it gave me a chance to look around the facilities and understand what college was about, through this I also joined the Lancastrians Netball team, took part in the volleyball and gained lots of new friends.
How did LMC help you get where you are today? The 4 years that I spent at LMC really helped me to define what I wanted to do when leaving college. Fitting my education around work and placements allowed me to ensure that I wanted to get a teaching degree to work with children. I have recently completed a 160 hour placement at the college, in which they were eager to ensure that I was able to work with students of all ages/abilities in both theory and practical lessons.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course? If someone were to look at either course I have studied at LMC I would say to make the most out of it! These courses allow ranges of different aspects of sport such as sport injuries, to sport development, to fitness testing. All of these modules within the courses are interesting and the less pressured setting is great for students studying at college, the friendly and approachable staff and students make it a breeze to settle in to college life/work load.
Anything else you would like to tell us? Always try to do your best, I know it may seem a chore but believe me when you’re older you’ll be thankful for gaining experience, knowledge and a good education.
What are you doing after College? I am undecided at the moment whether or not to go away to university or to look into employment. I would like to go to UCLan but I’m also really keen to start using what I have learnt at College.
What were the best bits about your course? The opportunities that I have had for volunteering have been amazing. There has been plenty of chances for me to use the skills that I have accumulated on my course in a real work environment. I also had the chance to go to Bulgaria to coach children which was an amazing experience. I have also had an amazing opportunity to organise a Netball event for primary school children.
Why did you choose your course? I have already finished the Sports Coaching Level 3 at LMC, and rather than going straight into university, I wanted to continue studying here. It is local for me and I know all the tutors really well so it made sense for me to stay.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I had heard really good things about the Sports department at LMC which is why I came to study the Level 3, but the facilities and staff were so good that I couldn’t think of any reasons that I would want to study somewhere else!
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? Make sure that you can be dedicated to the course. The workload requires a lot of time, including any home study. You really need strong motivation to work at the Higher Education level.
Anything else you would like to tell us? I have also had the opportunity to go to Bulgaria on a work experience trip to coach Bulgarian children which was an amazing experience.
What are you doing after College? I am hoping to go into personal training.
What were the best bits about your course? The practical aspect of the course is the best bit. Sport is a practical subject, so it’s all well and good learning the content but getting to put what I’ve learnt into practice is fantastic.
The tutors are all really helpful as well. I feel like I can approach them with any problem. My class is brilliant, I have made new friends and we can all have a laugh together.
Why did you choose your course? I chose this course because I have always loved sports and the outdoors. I could never imagine working indoors for the rest of my life, so I wanted to do something where I could spend lots of time outside and doing things.
The course also offers a really good foundation for going into personal training.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? When I came to have a look around the college, I had a really good feeling. Everyone that I spoke to said good things about the college, whether I was speaking to staff or other students. Having access to a free bus is also really beneficial to helping me to access LMC.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? I would definitely recommend LMC to anyone, whether it’s the sport course, or any other subject.
Anything else you would like to tell us? Get involved with as many activities at the College as well. I have been selected to play for Great Britain through the Association of College Hockey team because of contacts I have made through LMC.
What are the best things about your course? I really enjoy the practical elements of this course they have really helped me develop as a coach. Alongside coursework related study, we had the opportunity to work with Steve Pemberton, a Cricket Development Officer in Lancashire. With help from Steve and LMC, I was able to participate in a Cricket Activator course. This involved helping run Quick Cricket competitions for the local primary schools and has given me an insight as to what it would be like to coach cricket. I am looking into coaching cricket when I leave college, so I now coach at Windermere Cricket Club under 10s section.
Why did you choose your course? I was originally going to choose to study the Personal Training Course. However, at the Open Day a helpful member of staff explained that the HND Sports Coaching would be better as I had already completed my A levels and the Sports Coaching course has more opportunities to do a wider range of careers in the future, rather than just based in a gym.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? The facilities are some of the best in the region, no other college had a fully functioning gym or 3G pitches. LMC also has fantastic learning facilities too. I feel the tutor support at LMC is greater than what I would have got at the same level in university, the tutors are also a great help with emotional support not only with assignments.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? I would fully recommend the course and would say that the tutors are very supportive and help you wherever they can. You are treated like an adult and are expected to do some independent work at home.
What has been your biggest accomplishment whilst studying at LMC? I went on the college ski trip and learnt how to ski which was a big accomplishment. Moreover, getting a place to participate in a work placement to Slovakia has been my biggest accomplishment so far. To get chosen for the trip to Slovakia, you need to show good leadership skills which you can prove to your tutors throughout the year, also have good attendance and be up to date with all of your coursework.
What do you hope to do when you’ve completed this course? When I leave college, I will have the opportunity to finish my qualification at The University of Canterbury in New Zealand. I would hope to coach women’s cricket at a high level in either New Zealand or England. I am also looking at the idea of coaching women’s football. To pursue this career I will use a lot of knowledge gained from the cricket activating course with Steve and from the coaching lessons we do at college. To get into university, I need to finish my college course with a minimum of a merit and I strongly believe with the tutor support, I will achieve this.
What are the best things about your course? The course offered chances to put what I’d learned into practice both locally such as Salt Ayre Sports Centre and local primary schools and internationally in exciting places like Bulgaria and Holland, where I worked with young people to help develop their sporting abilities.
Why did you choose your course? After studying on the Level 3 Sports Science course at LMC, I decided to progress to the HND course at LMC. On a weekly basis, I worked with an Aspire group in College where I used my coaching skills to design sessions for the group. I found this challenging but rewarding as some members were reluctant to participate at first, but then developed confidence in their own skills. These experiences have given me the knowledge and experience to progress within the coaching sector.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I decided to continue my education at LMC as it by far offered the broadest range of opportunities. I was impressed by all the trips and chances to gain experience of working and visiting other countries.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? I would recommend it. I have received a great deal of support from all my tutors and have met some great people. I have enjoyed my time at LMC. The college helps you secure a work placement in an industry relevant to your desired career. I have gained experience in a Leisure Centre teaching sports classes to the general public, which consists of a range of ages, abilities and fitness levels.
What has been your biggest accomplishment whilst studying at LMC? I have achieved my Football Association Level One qualification and this has really helped with my self-confidence in coaching. This has resulted in me gaining employment in the Leisure Centre at Ulverston.
What do you hope to do when you’ve completed this course? I am going to study the last part of my qualification at the University of Central Lancashire on their Sports Coaching Degree. This means, I will be moving to Preston and will be living in shared accommodation with others from my course at LMC.
Any other comments? A great part of the course is learning the theory side of sport in lessons and then getting many chances to put what you learn into practice in real settings. All these involvements assisted me in gaining a real understanding of what must be considered when running sports events. The trips abroad were a great way to broaden my knowledge, and test skills – definitely the best part of LMC!
What did you do after University? I’m now working as the Student Events and Enrichment Co-ordinator at UCFB, which is a Higher Education institution offering undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees and executive education in the football business, sport and events industries.
What were the best bits about your course? The best bits of the course were the practical side and the support from the tutors.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I chose LMC because the facilities at the college are excellent, and the course suited my needs.
How did LMC help you to get to where you are today? It gave me a good insight into sports coaching in the sport and leisure industry, and prepared me very well for university life.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course? There are endless opportunities on offer at LMC and the practical experiences are fantastic.
What are your plans for the future? I wish to continue working in the sports industry.
University attending after college: Football Scholarship at the University of Montevallo in Alabama USA, while studying Kinesiology. This allows me to play competitive female football at its highest standard alongside getting a degree.
What were the best bits about your course? The best parts about Level 3 Sport were the oversea trips and the coaching opportunities. I went on two oversea trips with LMC, the first one was to Club La Santa in Lanzarote for my work experience, which gave me a great insight into the industry. My second trip was to Bulgaria for three weeks coaching foreign children in sports they may or may not have played before, and also for one hour a day we taught the children English. These opportunities gave me more confidence in leading groups of children and being able to manage a group effectively.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I chose this college because it’s local to me and had the course I wanted to enrol on. I knew someone who went to LMC and also went on a Scholarship to America so I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course? It’s a great environment to be in, the staff really care about their students and will push you to get work finished and to turn up to training. It’s not a place for messing about because if you fall behind it can be hard to catch. There are so many opportunities with this course to experience some great places all over the world. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at LMC, the staff have helped me achieve my biggest goal and they can do the same for you!
How has LMC helped you to get where you are today? All the opportunities offered to me at LMC have helped me grow as a person and gain more skills. These skills are not just appropriate for when I was at college, but skills that I can use for the next steps in my future.
What are you doing after College? After completing my college course, I am going to take a gap year and head out to Australia. When I return, I am going to university to study PE and School Sport, this will hopefully lead me to completing a PGCE and becoming a PE teacher.
What were the best bits about your course? I have loved every moment of the course, coming away with numerous contacts within the sporting industry, experiences and life skills that will help me in Australia and also at University.
Why did you choose your course? I chose the course because sport has always played a big part of my life, I have always known the career path that I wanted to go down therefore specializing in a sports course before university will help me with the theoretical side of the course. Coaching has always been something I have enjoyed, giving back something to the Cricket Club I was coached at and spent my childhood playing and watching therefore choosing the more practical sports course where I have worked with numerous different groups of students has given me quality experience that will be with me for the rest of my life.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? Coming from Kendal I never really considered it, however after the first visit I was highly impressed. The excellent facilities alongside numerous recommendations made the decision very easy for me, and a free bus makes life so much easier!
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? This course has a good balance of theory, practical and coaching experience which will stand you in good stead for whichever career path that you chose. I would recommend the course to anyone as the support from the tutors if needed is very good.
What were the best bits about your course? The atmosphere from living, training and studying with your team mates each day. The tutors are always willing to help and support if needed, but they also allow you the independence to get on with your own work. I also found that living away from home was a valuable learning experience, which was a great step in becoming more independent before I go to America on a Football Scholarship.
Why did you choose your course? The course allowed me to train and play football each day at a highly competitive level, which helped to develop my game. The course also gave me background knowledge to improve my overall understanding of sport; from anatomy to sport as a business.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I chose LMC because of its close links to Morecambe FC, which gave me the opportunity to play for Morecambe FC reserves and to go on Work Placement at the club. It also gave me the opportunity to be trained by UEFA qualified coaches each session.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? I would advise them strongly to enrol on the course but only if they are willing to put the hard work in, both on and off the field.
What has been your biggest accomplishment whilst studying at LMC? On completing the qualification I achieved a D*D*D* grade over the two years, which gave me 420 UCAS points and will allowed me to access high level courses at University if I decided to continue my education in the UK in the future. In addition, I am also happy to have completed my F.A. Level One Coaching Football qualification which included safeguarding and first aid.
What do you hope to do when you’ve completed this course? I have achieved a Football Scholarship to the USA in South Carolina. I will be continuing my football development alongside my academic qualifications. I will be flying to America to start my new career chapter in August which I am really looking forward to.
What are you doing after College? I would like to attend University to study sport studies or sports coaching on a 3-year course. I would preferably like to attend Edge Hill University as their sports facilities are excellent and my ongoing grades match their grade requirements. I would love to study at Loughborough University, however this is only a small option and I will have to wait and see what grades I can achieve at the end of my second year, as their requirements are a bit higher than other universities.
What were the best bits about your course? I enjoyed every minute of my course in my first year because there were many opportunities to get involved with different sporting activities and volunteering events. The trip to Club La Santa was one of the best bits of the year, as it was an amazing experience and a chance to try sports that I’d never personally played before. It was great to meet and get along with people from College I had not spoken to so far in the year which was a great confidence booster. Another good thing about the course is that I was able to take part in loads of practical sessions, and also have the chance to volunteer for events e.g. primary school football competitions and taster days.
Why did you choose your course? I chose my course because I have a great passion for sport and have never had the chance to study the different aspects of it in good detail, which is something I wanted to do.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? I chose Lancaster & Morecambe College because the sport facilities are brilliant and all the staff are friendly and easy to get along with. I had heard great reviews of the College from past students which also pulled me towards LMC. There were more sport based opportunities than other colleges had to offer.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? Go for it and make sure you grab every opportunity because it is the best experience you will have and it is a great course filled with great staff who will always be there to help with work and any issues you may have. It is a brilliant course and you will have a great time studying, learning new things and meeting new people. You will be surrounded by kind and helpful people so you will always feel welcome.
What are you doing after College? Once I finish my current course I hope to carry on at Lancaster & Morecambe College doing the HND course and working part-time for one year. I am then planning on taking a gap year, travelling and hopefully doing some sports coaching around the world. I then hope to study Sports Coaching and Development at either Edge Hill or Northumbria University.
What were the best bits about your course? The best bit about the course are the trips that you have the opportunity to go on. I recently went to Club La Santa, Lanzarote and despite having an injury I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and I hope to go again next year. I am also travelling to Berlin in summer with the British College Hockey Team. I gained this opportunity through Lancaster & Morecambe College and think it will benefit me greatly. This course also gives you the chance to do coaching in lots of different countries such as Bulgaria, Slovakia and Holland.
Why did you choose your course? I learnt quite a lot about this course at school and decided it was the best pathway for me. I have always had an interest in sport, especially the coaching side of it and saw this course as an opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills in this field. As I would like to go into a career in sport I had no interest in studying different subjects at sixth form and wanted to focus solely on sport.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? Lancaster & Morecambe College was recommended to me by lots of different people. I knew a number of people from school and my hockey club who had studied here and they all highly recommend it. I preferred it to my local college as the facilities were better and I saw this as an opportunity to meet new people and be in a different environment.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? This course is excellent for anyone who loves sport. I would recommend the course as the facilities are great, there is free transport and the tutors are all very supportive. This course also has a great mix of theory and practical which gives you the chance to try new sports and gain experiences you won’t get anywhere else.
What are you doing after College? I will be doing sports coaching with Keith Singleton at KS Sports.
What were the best bits about your course? The best parts of the course were having the chance to play for the college football team, only missing one game over the two years. I also enjoyed playing some new sports I hadn’t played before such as handball and having the opportunity to go on two work placements with the Westmorland County FA.
Why did you choose your course? I was interested in sport especially football and the coaching side of it. I also enjoyed playing football and I have a good knowledge of sport, so wanted to do something I was interested in and knew a bit about. Several people I knew who had already completed the course highly recommended it too.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? Friends recommended the College, so I went to have a look for myself and was impressed! There was also a free bus which meant transport to and from college was free, which was important to me.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? I would recommend the course but suggest getting as much work done as early as possible so as not to get overloaded later on. There are lots of opportunities such as work placements and trips which I really enjoyed.
Anything else you would like to tell us? I have enjoyed the two year course and look forward to using the skills I have learnt when working full time.
What are you doing after College? I am currently in the process of applying for a football scholarship to study and play in America next year. Hopefully, this would mean a move to America to complete a four year degree whilst playing full-time ‘soccer’ in a very competitive league. This opportunity to study at an American University is simply an offer that I couldn’t turn down and made possible and accessible by LMC.
What were the best bits about your course? Obviously training every day and receiving quality instruction from UEFA qualified coaches and exprofessional players has been a huge benefit to my overall development as a player. The link with Morecambe Football Club offers, those who aspire to, clear pathways into the youth team, reserve team and ultimately the first team. Added to this, the Morecambe FC College teams play regular competitive football in 2 leagues from which I have gained valuable experience. As for the educational side of the course, I have enjoyed learning at my own pace and level whilst being supported and encouraged by dedicated tutors. Another beneficial aspect that I’ve relished has been studying alongside my teammates which has encouraged unity and rapport.
Why did you choose your course? For the opportunities, the quality instruction both on and off the field and the pathways available.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College? LMC are one of only two colleges in the country that offer this kind of course with direct links to a professional club. I like the mature, independent way of learning that the college environment fosters.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? Absolutely go for it! The best decision I’ve ever made. It’s opened up so many doors for me personally, ones that would not have been on offer had I gone into sixth form.
Anything else you would like to tell us? LMC has funded my FA Level 1 coaching badge which has helped me secure a job at Morecambe FC Development Centre, giving me even more options for the future.