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Sapphire studied Level 3 Sport at Petroc’s North Devon Campus and is now in her final year at Bath University studying sports and social science. During her time at college, Sapphire travelled to Romania to teach tag rugby with the Tag Rugby Trust.
Level 3 Sport
What was your involvement in the Tag Rugby Trust (TRT) tours?
I have been on the tour four times. Once as a student in Romania and three times as a manager, twice in Romania and once in Zambia.
My role as a student was to teach a variety of inexperienced children tag rugby and create a tournament for the children at the end of the training. As a teacher/manager I overlooked the students, making sure they got the most out of the experience as well as correctly teaching the children.
The best things about the tours is that they put life into perspective and you appreciate what you have. It opens your eyes to reality. It's great for students to experience this, and you notice a positive change in the student by the end of the tour.
What skills have you learnt as part of the TRT tours?
Life-changing skills! Organisational skills, communicational skills, self-management, teamwork, investment into the community and yourself, problem solving, public speaking, self-confidence and many more!
What was your highlight from your time at college?
Being given the opportunity to go onto the tag rugby tour to Romania.
What are you doing now?
I am in my fourth/last year at Bath University studying sports and social science. I am also the head swim coach at Clifton College and an Opex personal trainer and nutritionist. I am also a competitive Crossfit athlete.
What are your long-term plans for the future, career-wise
I would like to become a health and lifestyle consultant for Opex, but the dream is to compete for crossfit full time.
Toby studied Level 3 Sport at Petroc, as well as several strength and conditioning and fitness instructing programmes. As part of his course, Toby travelled to Romania to teach tag rugby.
My initial tour was to Romania as a volunteer young leader as part of my course. For this tour I simply worked as a coach within the schools and helped to organise the tournaments. From there, I was invited to Zambia to gain experience as a tour leader. This included ensuring all the coaching was moving forward and being delivered effectively. I was also responsible for logistics between the loans and the tour group. Since then, I have been invited back as a tour leader, twice to Zambia and once more to Romania. My role within these tours was that of a tour leader.
The tours have allowed me to develop my coaching ability even with large language and cultural barriers. In addition, looking at a project as a whole and ensuring all the separate parts are moving as one is something I feel these tours have significantly helped me with. What was your highlight from your time at college?Without being bias, as I’m writing this about the TRT, I would never have got the opportunity to visit Zambia three times and Romania twice if it wasn’t for the initial trip!
What are you doing now?
I am currently in my final year at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, studying a BSc in Strength & Conditioning. I also co-own NK Fitness (www.nkfitness.co.uk) where I work as a strength coach and personal trainer. I am fortunate to have had opportunities to work with a variety of clients, such as; professional rowing and football clubs, youth athletes and a huge range of personal training clients. What are your long-term plans for the future, career-wise?
Long term plans are to continue developing NK Fitness as a brand online and face to face coaching.
Adam is studying a level 2 sport qualification and also competes for GB in gymnastics.
Sport BTEC Certificate
Former school: Park Community
“I have been doing gymnastics since I was five years old, and train 29 hours a week at Falcons in Barnstaple.
When I was nine I joined the GB squad and now I’m part of the junior team and regularly compete both in the UK and abroad.
I’m very fortunate that my lecturers understand my commitments and are flexible when it comes to fitting my training in around studying.
My course – Sport BTEC Certificate – has given me a better understanding of the human body, as well as nutrition, which I can apply to my gymnastics training. Having knowledge of different muscle groups etc. is particularly useful when talking to physiotherapists.
The long-term goal is to become a full-time athlete and eventually compete in the Olympics.”
Adam has recently won Gold at the 2018 Gymnastics British Championships. Watch a video of him competing here:
Anaya studied Biology and Art A-levels, Sport BTEC and was a member of the Volleyball Academy. She is the first UK beach volleyball player to get an American scholarship.
Then: Biology and Art A-levels and Sport BTEC, and Volleyball Academy (2015-2017)Campus: North DevonNow: First UK beach volleyball player to get an American scholarship (GCU, Arizona)Former school: Braunton Community College
“My lecturers were very understanding once it was explained to them what my goal was. They allowed me to focus on my sport and organise myself and my studies, with their aid, so that I could succeed at both.
"My highlights at Petroc were probably my AS and my A-level result days as I was pleasantly surprised with the result! My highlights since I have college are taking 17th at under 20s Europeans (the best England has done in this age group), and being accepted to GCU as it has been a dream of mine to go to an American college and train and study full-time for my sport.
“The advice I'd give to someone trying to get into an American college with a scholarship is to contact as many colleges as you can with good footage of doing your sport and don't be afraid to keep contacting them. A lot of colleges are looking for good grades as well as the skills so try to be super organised so that you can succeed at both – be a professional in everything you do.
“The long term plan is to play in the Commonwealth Games and then the Olympics. This has been a dream of mine and going to an American college brings me one step closer.”
Luke Doyle has studied a whole host of qualifications with Petroc, to boost his career prospects
Luke Doyle started at Petroc in 2009, on a Level 1 BTEC Sport course and, after passing with Distinction, progressed onto the two-year BTEC Level 2 Sport (Performance and Excellence) course.
In his second year he decided that he would like to study for an evening course to gain a Fitness Gym Instructor qualification, as this would be essential if he was to pursue a career in fitness.
After passing his BTEC with a Merit, Merit, Distinction profile, he decided that rather than go to university he would study to become a personal trainer and sport therapist. So, his fourth year at Petroc was spent studying Level 3 Sports Massage, Personal Training, Sports Conditioning, Outdoor Fitness and Business and Marketing.
During this time he secured a part time job in his local town's gym, G&S Fitness.
After completing his Personal Training course and recognising the importance of continuing professional development, Luke, then aged 20, took on two more qualifications; a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning course and a Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates, which he will achieve by June 2014.
Luke has also set up his own business running a fitness boot camp in the South Molton area.
Luke said: “Within the fitness industry there are a whole host of qualifications that you can study, depending where your interests lie. It’s great to be able to do these at Petroc, only a few miles from home, as this means I can still work whilst continuing to study."
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