A group of Sport Science and Sports Coaching students visited The John O’Gaunt Rowing Club on 11th and 15th June to take part in a charity 5km row.
In a bid to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing, LMC’s Tackling Inactivity project has linked up with mental health charity Lancashire Mind. Throughout the year there have been a series of events organised to raise money and inspire students to become more physically active, and on this occasion the two sports groups took on the daunting challenge of rowing 5km on the River Lune having never been in a rowing boat before.
The John O’ Gaunt Rowing Club hosted the group for the challenge after having recently secured £10,000 of Sport England funding for the purchase of £17,000 worth of stable rowing equipment, which was used on the day. The club has a yearlong project to introduce 350 people to rowing as part of the national strategy to improve the activity levels of the nation. The partnership with the local rowing club was established earlier in the year as part of a joint venture to encourage young people within the student body to have a healthy and active lifestyle.
Tackling Inactivity Project Leader, Adam Cowperthwaite stated “The students did really well with this event, and to raise so much money is absolutely fantastic. Not only have they conquered a difficult challenge, they have also developed some valuable employability skills and a greater understanding of the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle”
Rowing club link and LMC Sports Science Course Manager Steven Sullivan said “The students really took to the challenge, and after a wobbly start their confidence started to grow. They demonstrated excellent team work and leadership skills which allowed them to find an excellent rhythm. The students successfully completed the challenge raising a total of £420, making a large contribution to the £2,000 target that LMC hopes to raise this year.” For further information about community rowing in the Lancaster area, follow this LINK.
Tackling Inactivity ensure that students not only improve their fitness and mental wellbeing, but these events seek to give the students employability skills, such as team work, communication and organisation skills.
Other opportunities have included Trampolining at Jump Rush in Morecambe, a trip to France for skiing and snowboard coaching and Bulgaria & Hungary for coaching and cultural exchanges.
A group of five students from Sport and Public Services recently completed a European visit to Budapest, Hungary on an Erasmus+ funded project.
The visit engaged the students and their European partners in celebrating the overall project results on the key themes of Respect. The themes included Respect4 Myself & Others, Respect4 Environment, Respect4 Culture and Respect4 Wellbeing. The European visit is one of many Erasmus+ projects that LMC engage with to develop both staff and students.
In preparation for the visit, the group prepared information about the Lancaster and Morecambe district and the surrounding areas, where they presented the information to other students on the visit in the English lessons they attended.
On their arrival in Budapest, all the LMC students were assigned a buddy who looked after them, showed them around and helped them to integrate with others. For part of the visit, the group spent time at a school where they learnt about Budapest and how their school systems operate differently to the UK. They learned about the Hungarian culture and heritage and also experienced Hungarian dancing and music. The students also indulged in local and traditional cuisine where they discovered the country’s love for cottage cheese.
For the second part of the trip, the students explored the city and the beautiful sights and monuments, such as the Parliament building and St Stephen’s Basilica, which provided amazing views of the city and the Danube river. Whilst on the walking tour of the city, the Hungarian teachers explained the city’s intriguing culture and history.
Whilst on the trip, the students got to know the teachers from other countries, which allowed them to learn about the teachers’ views about different topics, such as Brexit and how their schools compared to LMC.
HND Sport student Sarah Earl supported the students on their trip, commenting “I was really proud of how the girls conducted themselves, engaged in all of the activities and also had so much fun. I also gained lots of valuable experience and I am very thankful of LMC to put their trust in me and allow me to go as a group leader and point of contact. It is somewhere I would love to go back to and it was great to integrate and develop friends that I will stay in touch with. The trip provided me with a lot of responsibility which will be key information to highlight when I apply for jobs in the future.
Programme Area Manager for Sport at LMC, Jayne Roper, said “The European visit provided a valuable experience for the students and further enhanced their employability skills, such as presentation skills, networking and research skills. These skills are essential for their personal development and future career aspirations”
Four of Morecambe Football Club’s 2014-16 cohort of Apprentice Professional Scholars have recently returned to Lancaster & Morecambe College to further their education.
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) recognises that the career of a professional footballer can be short, and as such, supports footballers in transitioning to life outside of professional football. The provides funding for footballers to pursue alternate career paths outside of football, which allows the athletes to identify strengths, plan a career pathway, develop networks and helps to reassess finances.
Morecambe FC Head of Education Gary Kelly said “Playing football at professional level is a relatively short term career. Players need to educate themselves in preparation for the transition to an alternative career. It is great to see the lads returning to LMC to further their education. They know all about the quality facilities and tutor support they receive on courses at LMC.”
Goalkeeper Will Kitchen is about to complete his HND Level 5 in Sports Coaching at LMC. Will is progressing on to his final year top up degree in Sports Coaching & Development with the University of Cumbria. Will currently plays with Kendal Town FC. Will said “I was familiar with the environment and the quality sports facilities at LMC. The tutors at LMC are always supportive and I have learned a lot from them. I gained my Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport at LMC on my Scholarship and now I am about to complete my HND Level 5 in Sport. The Level 5 HND qualification has provided me with a progression route into University to complete my full degree in Sports Coaching. I look forward to starting my degree with the University of Cumbria in September”
Defender Dan Towers recently returned to LMC with a group of learners from Grosvenor Park Primary School where he is studying to become a Teaching Assistant. The learners visit LMC regularly to participate in multi-skills sports sessions delivered by Sport & Public Service students.
As part of their Apprenticeship with Morecambe Football Club, all of the Scholars attend LMC to study for their Level 3 BTEC (Extended) Diploma in Sporting Excellence qualification. The scholars receive tuition from LMC’s qualified staff in a range of disciplines which support their career progression. The qualification is part of the Scholars two year Modern Apprenticeship programme which includes an FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate and an NVQ Level 3 in Sporting Excellence.
LMC delivers the educational programme in partnership with League Football Education and Morecambe FC as their chosen educational provider. The scholars attend college three afternoons per week and also have remote access to LMC's extensive virtual learning environment (MOODLE) to support their academic studies.
The Scholars also receive information, advice and guidance at LMC to support their potential future career pathways including University placements and USA sporting scholarships. This enables the scholars to gain knowledge of a variety of progression routes should they not be successful in achieving a professional football contract on completion of their Apprenticeship.
Charlie Bailey, with Morecambe Football Club Manager, Jim Bentley
In September 2017, Lancaster & Morecambe College were awarded a grant of £93k in an attempt to encourage young adults to become more active and the Tackling Inactivity project was set up at Lancaster & Morecambe College, coordinated by Project Lead, Adam Cowperthwaite.
The project works by integrating physical activity sessions into students’ timetables, and sessions are tailored to the needs of learners, whether this is as a group or on an individual basis. One group of students which has been reaping the benefits of the project are those studying on the Level 3 Creative Digital Media course, where participating in regular yoga has improved the quality of college life for the vast majority.
However, yoga wasn’t the answer for 19 year old Louis. Louis found that he didn’t get the same benefits or enjoyment from it that his friends did, so instead, he discovered boxing where weekly sessions have helped build his confidence and control his temper, as well as getting him physically fitter.
Louis explains: “Before discovering boxing, I was pretty inactive other than occasional walks in the Lake District with my parents. I think my lack of confidence was the main problem, as well as the fact that I’m not a very sporty person. I was very body conscious and not very happy with the way I look, being very skinny.”
Louis was keen to be involved in the ‘Tackling Inactivity’ project and was very open about wanting to develop his anger management skills whilst improving his levels of self-confidence. The sessions started off on an individual basis to help Louis develop some confidence, and now the sessions have been progressed into an open gym environment combining boxing with a weights programme.
Louis’ mental wellbeing has also significantly improved. “It has helped my anger issues significantly. Previously, I’d get very aggressive and it was a problem for me, and for others around me, so I decided to start doing boxing and working out in the gym in order to relieve a lot of the stress that builds up over the week.
“It has definitely increased my confidence, I feel much better knowing I am improving in something physically. I am also a lot less stressed out, knowing I can take my anger out on a couple of foam pads rather than things which were getting me into trouble.”
Louis’ tutors have also noticed a dramatic improvement. Wendy Bickerstaffe, Creative Digital Media tutor, said: “There’s been such a change in Louis. Boxing has clearly helped him to develop skills to cope better in situations where he finds himself feeling stressed. ‘Tackling Inactivity’ has been a fantastic project as it’s also been a real success for other students who have discovered yoga for the first time, and are making it part of their weekly routines.”
Louis is extremely grateful for the project, adding: “I’d tell anyone considering whether to get involved with the project to go for it! It’s helping out people who aren’t even into sports to take part in physical activity. It not only benefits you physically in your strength and weight, but also with your mental health.”
Tackling Inactivity Project Lead, Adam, commented ““Louis has really benefitted from the project and has definitely grown in confidence. As well as being more confident to take part, boxing has proven to be a brilliant tool for his anger management and there have been many comments from other staff complimenting his much improved behavior. He loves attending the sessions and I’m sure he will continue his new, more active lifestyle.”
LMC Creative Digital Media student, Louis.
Louis practicing boxing techniques with coach, Vini Hardiman
Current occupation: Lecturer in Sport at Uxbridge College
Course taken at college: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
What did you do after college? I studied BSc Sport and Exercise Science at Edge Hill University and then PGCE Post Compulsory Education at University of Central Lancashire.
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 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 Level 3 in Sports Coaching 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.
Course(s) taken at college: Sports Science (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) and HND Sports Coaching
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!
Course taken at college: BTEC Level 3 Sports Coaching
University attending after college: UCFB - University College of Football Business
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.
Course taken at college: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
School: Our Lady’s Catholic College
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.
Course taken at college: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
School attended: The Queen Katherine School, Kendal
University attending after college: Edge Hill University, PE and School Sport.
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.
Course taken at college: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
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.
Course taken at college: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Morecambe Academy)
School: Dallam School
Course taken at college: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Morecambe Academy)
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.