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What do our sport students have to say?

"Studying sport is a fantastic experience and one that should not be missed. I’m getting good support with my studies and really enjoying my courses. I compete for Southampton Athletics Club and am planning to go on to University next year."
Nick Hunt: Sport student

"I feel that the course has been the perfect stepping stone that I have needed to enable me to go on to university. The teachers were all really enthusiastic and helpful and I am really glad I chose to study at Bournemouth & Poole College."
Imogen Hammond-Williams: Sport student

"The course was full of opportunities and new experiences which helped build my confidence and knowledge in the fitness industry. It was a great course which has helped me move onto the next step towards my career goal."
Sophie Neal: Sport student

Work Experience Success Stories

Sophie Muzzelle, Level 2 Sport Active IQ

Where and when did you do your work experience?

My work experience was at Danny Thomas Coaching Academy in Parley. I was on placement for 1 week in February 2020.

Tell us about The Danny Thomas Coaching Academy?

The academy provides coaching for local clubs and schools. They have a team of qualified coaches that go out to schools and community activities and coach children. They also spend time organising events.

What type of work were you doing?

I did a range of activities, assisting with children’s coaching, working in the office and helping with planning sessions. I mainly worked with 4-8 year olds but during the holiday camps, the children were up to 13.

What did you learn from your placement?

I realised that I really enjoyed working with children and I loved helping with the coaching sessions. I enjoyed being responsible for the children and teaching them skills. I realised that not all work was boring and mundane, I loved the new challenges.

Describe your average day?

I spent the morning in the office planning the sessions with Danny’s team and then at lunchtime I would go to the local school to supervise their sports’ activities. I also stayed at the school to help with PE classes and after school sessions.

Any advice to someone going on work experience?

If you are nervous about your work placement, try to be positive and get prepared. Then you may find you have a great time and realise that your placement has helped you decide about a future career. 

Thai Fraser Puttock, Level 3 Sport

Where and when did you do your work experience?

My work experience was at AFC Bournemouth, starting in November 2019.

Tell us about AFC Bournemouth?

This is a premiership football club who play at the Vitality stadium. They have community football coaching that works around Bournemouth

How did you get your placement?

I played disability football for Bournemouth and through these connections, I was offered a coaching placement with the club.

What type of work were you doing?

I did a range of coaching activities working with a wide range of children and adults aged from 7-60. I helped run sessions for people with emotional and physical disabilities as well as casual training games.

What did you learn from your placement?

I improved my leadership skills, working on my confidence and the principles of football coaching. I have learnt to be more adaptable and comfortable with new people and surroundings.

Describe your average day? 

I travelled by bus each morning and then joined in with other team members when we went out to work at other venues. Sometimes we would be coaching at schools or leisure centres.