Course taken: Sports Coaching HND Level 5
School: The Lakes School
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.
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