BTEC sport students have just returned from work placements in a range of organisations and have hugely enjoyed opportunities to put their learning into action in a variety of different professional roles. Students hoping to pursue careers in PE teaching, sports coaching, physiotherapy and sports development benefitted from gaining a greater understanding of these sectors at a crucial stage; as they begin to finalise their progression plans for after college.

Talitha Divila conducted her 2 week work experience at London South Bank University’s Academy of Sport. The LSBU Academy of Sport is a hub for sports and wellbeing activities for university students, staff and members of the local community. The varied nature of the work taking place at the Academy of Sport provided Talitha with opportunities to experience a wide range of experiences; she engaged in activities including coaching, fitness instructing, sports development and customer service and sale duties at the sports reception. Talitha enjoyed the varied programme of activities she engaged in, and that every day provided new experiences and new challenges. She was particularly interested in how the sports development team operated and the projects they were developing to engage participants in sport and physical activity. 

Hamadu Balde conducted his 2 week work experience placement with Salaam Peace. Salaam Peace is a community organisation based in East and North London that uses sports, media and education to engage children, young people and adults. They work in the community developing (often young) local residents into positive role models and leaders who design, develop and drive their community cohesion projects forward. Hamadu enjoyed working alongside the young workforce at Salaam Peace and learning from some very experienced coaches. Delivering both football and multi-sports in a range of settings gave Hamadu the opportunity to adapt his coaching style, and also to see the positive effect sport can have on bringing young people. Hamadu gained a lot of confidence in his time at Salaam Peace, and hopes to pursue a career in coaching in the future.

Jade Adams conducted her 2 week work experience placement at Access Sport. Access Sport is a charitable organisation that aims to enhance the life prospects of disadvantaged children by providing opportunities to experience and enjoy the power of sport. In her time with Access Sport, Jade supported the Ignite Programme, an award winning disability inclusion programme which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of young disabled people, and the BMX Legacy Programme which aims to create a thriving youth cycling scene in London. Jade particularly enjoyed working with young people with varied disabilities, to help provide opportunities they may not have previously engaged in. She enjoyed being so warmly welcomed by the Access Sport team, and feels she has developed her confidence, organisation and communication skills.

Thank you to the all of the following organisations for providing our sports students with some exciting, challenging and supportive placements:

Access Sport

WO Sports

Fitness First

Gwyn Jones Primary School

Kelmscott Secondary School

London South Bank University Academy of Sport

Salaam Peace

St Edwards Primary School

Thomas Gamuel Primary School

Victory Health and Performance

Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre

YMCA East