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Selby College degree students excel in Sports and Exercise sector

Tuesday 4 May 2021

A number of BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science students at Selby College have gone on to secure successful careers in the sport and coaching industry.

After completing the programme, former student Sophie Dales has recently launched her own fitness training and massage business, The Training Field. As part of this, Sophie offers outdoor bootcamps, specialist training programmes and sports massage and Indian head massage treatments.

Sophie Dales at Selby College

“I would not be where I am today without taking that first step and jumping at the opportunity to study for a degree at Selby College. In addition to building my skills, experience and qualifications, my degree helped me to realise how passionate I am about health and exercise and made it clear what career path I should pursue. I couldn’t have gotten through my degree without the outstanding teaching and support of my tutors, which gave me the confidence to open my own fitness business once I had graduated,” said Sophie.

Sophie completed a Level 3 Uniformed Public Services course at the College before progressing on to the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science degree. Sophie was attracted to the degree-level programme as it gave her the opportunity to be assessed in sport and fitness, which would help progress her skills as an aspiring fitness coach.

With strong ties to the College, Sophie has recently returned to deliver a session to current BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science students and talk about how she has successfully started her own sports coaching business.

Sophie has also been supporting Level 2 Gym Instructor lessons at the College, which the students have benefited from and enjoyed.

Sophie Dales Fitness Class

“It’s fantastic to see our students to go on to get their groundings in the sport and exercise industry and really excel following their time at the College. In Sophie’s case, she has progressed from a Level 3 Diploma in Sport at the College to the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science programme and has now become a confident and competent business entrepreneur. As tutors, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your students learn and grow and develop into successful professionals,” said Gabriel Horgan, Lecturer in Sports Studies at Selby College.

Former student Beth Kerrigan also went on to secure a job at Leeds United Foundation as a Health and Wellbeing officer.

Matthew Pooley, who is currently enrolled on the programme, has recently launched his own coaching business alongside his studies.

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science course is a three-year programme which provides the perfect platform for anyone seeking a career in a variety of roles within the sports industry.

The coaching modules are designed to equip students with the key skills to work with groups and individuals at both a grassroot and elite level.

Learn more about the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science degree at Selby College.

Find out more about Sophie Dale’s fitness training and massage business, The Training Field.

To find out more about Matthew’s new Sports Coaching business, Aspire Sports Coaching.