Course taken: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
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.
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