Strode News

01/05/12 - Sports Students Focus on Future Careers
Strode News

Three former Strode College sports students returned to college recently to give advice and guidance to current students on how to build a successful career in the sports industry.

The sports careers day was organised by Strode's Sports Lecturers to inspire students and help them focus on positive ways to achieve their ambitions.  Students were advised about the variety of careers paths available and the qualifications and experiences they would need to succeed in these careers.

Lydia Cracknell, who left Strode in 2007, is now a self-employed gymnastics, acrobatics and trampoline coach.  She challenged the students in an acrobatics session which tested their balance and core strength skills.

After leaving the college in 2006, Alan Barnard went to work in the leisure industry in North Devon and now works as a Personal Trainer based at a gym in Wells.  He put the students through their paces during a boot camp sessi

Dale Bond talked to students about his career since completing his National Diploma in Sport at Strode in 2004.  He spoke candidly about the lessons he has learnt and the things that he would have done differently.  After Strode Dale went on to study Sports Coaching at Hartbury College, part of the University of the West of England.  He is currently working as a self-employed strength and conditioning coach before taking up a full time position as a Sports Biomechanist.

Jason Jones, Course Manager for Strode's Extended Diploma in Sport said: 'It has been an important day for our students.  Our Sports Diploma opens up a range of career pathways including coaching, sports development, fitness instructing, sports therapy, teaching and facility operations to name a few.   It's important for students to reflect on all the possibilities for their future careers and put in place now all the pieces of the jigsaw that will contribute to their success."

Jean Marchant, Course Manager for Strode's Level 2 Diploma in Sport said: 'The students had fun today but they have also heard first-hand from people who were in their position just a few years ago, about how they achieved their success and what else they will need to do to compete in the competitive jobs market, as well as succeeding on their current course."

Photo: Sports Coach and former Strode student Lydia Cracknell helps students with their balance and core strength, during the Strode sports careers day.