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Hol­lie — Sports Coach­ing Foun­da­tion Degree

Student swinging a cricket bat

The tutors care for your well­be­ing and edu­ca­tion, and with it being a small­er group, you get more one-to-one support. 

Hol­lie — HE Sport — 

Hollie Stannard, 20, is studying the Sports Coaching Foundation Degree at the College’s Basford campus. She has hopes of becoming a sports teacher, and describes the course as a great stepping stone to help her reach that goal.

We asked her how she got into sport, why she chose the Col­lege and what she enjoys about the course. Here’s what she told us:

I enjoy sport because it’s a great stress relief from day-to-day life. You get to inter­act with all dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple and it can become a real­ly impor­tant part of your life.

I orig­i­nal­ly got into sport because my broth­ers were sporty and I was the youngest sib­ling being dragged to all their sport­ing events. I start­ed to pay an inter­est and then I got into more and more sports from there.”

Hol­lie start­ed play­ing crick­et at the age of nine, and by the time she was 12 she was play­ing at coun­ty lev­el for Not­ting­hamshire Coun­ty Crick­et. She pro­gressed through the age groups and made her debut at the Not­ting­hamshire Coun­ty Crick­et women’s team at the age of 14, and in 2017 she played for Eng­land, in the women’s under-21s World Cup in Dubai.

Hol­lie com­plet­ed a BTEC Extend­ed Diplo­ma in Sport before pro­gress­ing to the Foun­da­tion Degree.

I knew I want­ed to con­tin­ue my stud­ies at the Col­lege because my tutors were so sup­port­ive, expe­ri­enced and knowl­edge­able. The Col­lege treats every­one equal­ly and I was giv­en a clear indi­ca­tion of how the HE course would be taught, which gave me con­fi­dence to car­ry on. 

 — Hol­lie

Why did you decide to study the foun­da­tion degree?

Gain­ing a high­er-lev­el qual­i­fi­ca­tion was real­ly impor­tant to me because I want to become a sports teacher/​lecturer in the future, so this course is my step­ping stone to the next stages. Study­ing the foun­da­tion degree is help­ing me to devel­op my aca­d­e­m­ic writ­ing, and gain detailed knowl­edge which will help me fur­ther in life.” 

Hollie Stannard

Would you rec­om­mend the College?

Yes, def­i­nite­ly! Because of the small­er class sizes you receive bet­ter indi­vid­ual teach­ing qual­i­ty, which real­ly helps you improve and build as an individual.

The Col­lege is super adapt­able too, espe­cial­ly with the use of equip­ment and tech­nol­o­gy, using both face-to-face and online learning.” 

What do you enjoy about the course?

I like the ele­ment of self-pro­gres­sion and work­ing with my tutor to devel­op my skills. The tutors care for your well­be­ing and edu­ca­tion, and with it being a small­er group, you get more one-to-one support.

The cur­ricu­lum is var­ied, so there’s some­thing for every­one and that makes it more inter­est­ing too.

It’s a great set-up for every­one, with good facil­i­ties and staff sup­port. I would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend the Col­lege and the course.”

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