Danielle Maloney (Denby)
School: Morecambe High School
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.
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