A sports student has been inspired by his tutors to follow a career in teaching.
Ashley Letts, who’s in his final year of HND Sports and Exercise Science at South & City College Birmingham, wants to progress to a teaching qualification after he’s completed his degree. The 19 year old student from Small Heath said that his interest in sports started when he was at Holy Trinity secondary school.
Ashley attended an open day at South and City College’s Bordesley Green campus, where he was enthused by the tutors he met, immediately signing up to two courses - Extended Diploma in Sports and a Diploma in Personal Training.
Since joining South & City, Ashley has gone on to do some exciting activities organised by the College, such as abseiling and mountaineering in Wales and archery. After passing his courses, he progressed to the HND, where he is now researching the difference in the lung capacity of a smoking boxer and a non-smoking footballer, using College equipment.
In September, Ashley plans to go to Newman University for a year to top-up his HND into a sports degree, then go on to study for the PGSE, so he can go on and teach sport.
“I would love to teach sport at a college or a university.” Ashley said, “There are amazing tutors here; I want to follow in their footsteps into teaching and helping others, inspire them and bring them into the sports industry.”
When asked what advice he would give his younger self, knowing what he knows now, he said, “Don’t worry about what your school friends are doing. Be great at what you’re doing and stick to it, no matter what hardships life throws at you. Just do it!”
To find out more about studying sport at South & City College Birmingham visit: https://www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/sports