Edge Hill has amazing links and connections with schools and sports organisations that can really help you as a student with your future career.
I’ve always been a sporty person. I played netball and football for school, college and county teams and loved contemporary dance as well. But, when I took my GCSE in PE, it was the theory behind sport that I fell in love with. For me, learning about physiology and anatomy was one of my favourite things and I was really inspired by my PE teacher at high school. I chose a degree that combined my ambition to teach sport with my desire to understand more about the science behind it.
The course has opened my eyes to a lot of new things. I’ve discovered a passion for working with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) after volunteering in a SEND school. Teaching children with a range of ability levels helped me learn that you can adapt any lesson plan to be inclusive; you’ve just got to be creative. I think this approach to teaching can be just as effective in mainstream schools as well. I feel the strategies I have learnt will work with children with our without disabilities, which was something I’d never realised or really thought about.
I’ve had the opportunity to undertake placements with all ages up to 21, and in a range of settings, but I especially enjoyed working in a school in a more deprived area. I went to a bit of a tough school myself and sport was a form of escapism for me, so I see a lot of myself in the children I taught in that school. As a result of that placement, I’ve become very interested in the impact of sport on disadvantaged children and their life chances, because I believe education and sport is a way to set up a successful, adventurous life.
The staff have been so supportive throughout my course, they always reflect and provide students with first-hand knowledge and experience to fulfil our learning experience. One thing I never thought I would do on a sports degree is travel. I spent 10 weeks volunteering at Camp California, which is an American-style summer camp in Croatia for children from all over the world. It gave me so much experience that I could bring back and use in my placements. It was the best time of my life. I learnt so much about teaching, as well as about myself as a person, and I wouldn’t have had that opportunity without Edge Hill.