My PGCE course has undoubtedly been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I’ve met new people from all over the country and worked closely alongside friends with similar interests to my own.

“I felt that entering the teaching profession would enable me to combine my love of sport with the satisfaction of helping others to progress and learn through the subject, therefore enabling me to make a positive contribution to the development of young people.

I decided to become a PE teacher as I have always been a keen sportsman and enjoyed taking part in a wide variety of outdoor activities. After studying my A Levels I chose Edge Hill for both my PE degree and PGCE training because it has a great reputation and has superb facilities. It also has a support network that really encourages you to achieve your goals and fulfil your potential.

As well as this, it is also within commuting distance from home, allowing me to socialise with friends and continue with my rugby. This was important to me as I have played semi-professionally for a number of North West teams as well as spending time at the Natal Sharks Academy in Durban, South Africa.

Alongside my studies, I felt it was important to gain experience of working with children so I undertook a position as a sports coach at Bolton Arena. This entailed teaching a wide variety of sports such as rugby, football, gymnastics, rounders and basketball and I also coached autistic children for ˜Bolton Kidztogether’.

Not only did this help financially throughout my studies, but these roles have also given me invaluable skills that I can carry forward into my new career.

My PGCE course has undoubtedly been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I’ve met new people from all over the country and worked closely alongside friends with similar interests to my own.

The support I’ve received throughout has been superb, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both the placement and university aspects of the programme. It’s certainly been hard work – there’s no getting away from that – but, with good planning and time management, it does allow you to have a fantastic and memorable time too.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Secondary Physical Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS.