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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.”

Want to find out more about the sports courses we offer? Take a look.