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Student to teacher: The Club Doncaster Sports College journey told by Emily and Kyle

23 June 2020
Emily and Kyle both joined Club Doncaster Sports College in 2014 on the BTEC Level 3 Sports programme. 

Kyle was a keen footballer and was an ever present figure in the academy team as a centre half, and Emily was very active in volunteering for the Sports College as well as being one of the pioneering student representatives.

They both completed their BTEC qualifications with high grades, giving them a number of options for their careers.

Emily and Kyle thoroughly enjoyed their learning experience at CDSC and decided to stay and choose the Sports College as their Higher Education provider during its first year of HE delivery. 

Throughout their three years on the degree, Emily and Kyle excelled and both identified teaching as a desired career choice. On completing their degree, Sports College staff supported them in seeking a PGCE to begin their journey into teaching.

Emily and Kyle were interviewed for teacher training placements at the college and were both successful. Kyle worked predominantly on the Active IQ L2, supporting learners in the classroom and delivering some of the units, alongside taking one of the Men's Development Academy teams for both training and games. 

Emily immersed herself in the BTEC L3 curriculum, aiding learner development, whilst leading several academic discussions and delivering to Year 12 BTEC learners. She was also involved in the Academy structure, supporting Eric Randerson with Ladies Academy operations. They will both qualify as teachers at the end of June.

Kyle found out about the college ‘about six or seven years’ ago when he was at a Doncaster Rovers game.

“When I looked into it, the college had a good reputation and a record of progressing students into a career in sport”, Kyle explained. 

“I really enjoyed my time as a student and I feel that the experiences I've had at the college have contributed to my development as much as the lessons. 

“I've been all the way through with the college now and I'm so happy to have nearly completed my PGCE.”

Emily also talks highly of the student experience at the college and the support it’s given her in becoming a qualified teacher.

She said: “'My experience at the Sports College has been amazing. I joined the college from school as a 16 year old and will leave the college this year as a qualified teacher, it's a pretty unique situation. 

“The staff have supported me all the way through, that's probably why I chose to do my degree at CDSC and apply for my teaching placement there. 

“I've always had a passion for sport and becoming a qualified sports teacher after 6 years is a dream come true.”

Club Doncaster Sports College are still taking applications for 2020/21. 

Their sports courses provide a direct pathway to university or a career in the sports industry. 

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Student to teacher: The Club Doncaster Sports College journey told by Emily and Kyle