Gary studied Sports Development, Coaching & Fitness (BTEC) while at Truro and Penwith College. He has since gone on to become the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Plymouth College Independent School.
“The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) was a very practical course with lots of hands-on experience,” said Gary. “This vocational course really prepared me for both higher education and the working world. As well as the use of the fantastic facilities we had great contacts to carry out our practical work with. This included the Cornish Pirates, Truro College and Local Primary and Secondary Schools.”
Gary describes the College as “a very cohesive campus with many opportunities to excel. During my college years I really developed into a young adult and the independent learning environment really allowed me to decide on my career path and prepare me for higher education.”
“My favourite thing about college was the team environment that was installed from day one of my course. Not only was I ingrained with my peers but also with the lecturing and coaching staff. Penwith College allowed me to make some life-long friends and now even colleagues. The way everything was so close and easy to access really allowed me to develop where I could. This ranged from extra coaching sessions on the professional 3G pitch or extra tutor time with the fantastic lecturing team.”
As for describing his time at College, Gary said, “In terms of life-long lessons I broadened my career decisions right from my first year of college. I initially wanted to go into teaching however after experiencing various coaching opportunities (both playing and coaching), I had a talk with one of my lecturer’s and decided to apply for strength and conditioning. Talking to an experienced coach and lecturer; I also decided that when I got to University I would take a step back from playing sport and spend more time delivering sessions. I believe this experience helped me the most and is evident today as I often repeat this chat with students and athletes that I work with now.”