I studied Single Honours Physical Education and Sports Studies at Newman University between 2005-2008, the reason for choosing this course was I felt it had a broad combination of subject units that would allow me to experience a range of professional fields, from physical education teaching, sport science and nutrition.
What I enjoyed about studying at Newman
The friends I made at Newman I still have contact with today, we had such a tight knit group, everyone supported each other. The staff were also amazing, learning from the likes of Dr Mark Lyons, Dr Michael Duncan and Dr Tony Myers was a pleasure.
The staff had an open door policy, they always had time to help and support you as a student, their communication and response was quick and detailed.
My advice to someone who is considering studying at Newman University but is anxious
The campus has changed since I was studying at Newman, but the facilities look amazing, the gym, 4G and the sports hall have had a massive upgrade, so once it is safe to do so, go along to an Open Day and see the campus and talk to the staff – they really are experts in their field.
I’m currently Lead Lecturer in the Sports and Exercise Science BTEC level 3 course at Sandwell College
I also run my own fitness and nutrition business working with professional athletes on a consultation basis.
After graduating I got onto an internship with Watford football club…
working with their academy and first team, around this time I was coaching in the community with local schools while doing a PT qualification. From this, I went onto Lincoln City FC as the fitness coach and then onto do an MSc in strength and conditioning.
I have also worked as a Sports Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Birmingham City Ladies W.F.C. and Aston Villa Women’s FC, and as a Strength and Conditioning / Nutritionist at Notts County F.C.
I have lectured at a number of colleges where I currently lead the BTEC level 3 extended diploma in sport and exercise science where I have been tasked to bridge the gap bringing the theory into practice. Furthermore, I have also completed a DTLLS teaching qualification and a PgCert in Performance Nutrition.
My biggest achievements to date are…
There have been a few, working in professional football was a dream and still is a dream I continue to pursue. Working in professional TKD as a Nutritionist and Strength and Conditioning Coach helping Taylor Smith to world silver medal is a really proud moment. Achieving a master’s degree and part of another. Forging a career that was a hobby and interest and enjoying learning, seeking answers and using evidence informed practice that allows me to relay this attitude to my current students.
In my spare time I enjoy doing research in areas of sport science, nutrition and strength and conditioning, I also run and weight lift and have completed 3 half marathons the last 2 years!