As the debate on whether sport is about winning or taking part rages on, eight sport and fitness students in Cornwall have proven its possible to do both.
All of them have secured employment within the sports and fitness industry despite still being on their course.
Emily Rowe, Lylie Douglas and Frankie Tonks-Forde are in their first year of their sports course and have been employed by Pondhu Primary School as Lunchtime Sports Coaches and Play leaders.
Deputy Head teacher at Pondhu Nathan Cooper explained what a “huge impact” the students have been in such a short time;
“All three have brought lots of enthusiasm and energy to the post alongside some very well developed professional skills. It’s been a very positive experience for us, our pupils and it is a great opportunity for them to develop some working practice and skills to further their careers.”
Neil Slateford from Go Active Cornwall, a former Sport student himself, has employed second year student Connor Blowes as a Coach;
“Connor has been a superb addition to the Go active Cornwall team; he is now leading clubs for us on a regular basis and is now able to lead in a number of different sports including soft archery & crossbow, street surfing and multi-sports”.
Jordan Hamand who is also a second year has also secured a Sports Coach position with Plymouth Argyle in the community.
The final three students are Anna Gibson, Amy-May Squire and Linda Dolley who all completed the YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and are currently completing the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.
As qualified Fitness instructors, they have all found instructor positions with Linda setting up her own business ILift Weightlifting club, based in Launceston.
Sports Team Lead Mark Ferguson-Smith explained that from finding roles as sports coaches or to setting up own their own businesses, the students have “pushed themselves and embraced all opportunities that have been presented to them”.
“These employment opportunities are fantastic for our students as the Sport and Fitness industry is a very competitive and challenging Employment market in Cornwall,” he continued.
“One of the main reasons that they’ve been able to access these opportunities is the way the time tables can be adapted to allow for both study and employment.”