Made in the gym, enhanced by education
Having embarked on a career in the leisure industry whilst still in 6th form education. I followed a pathway that would lead me to delivering fitness programmes in the health suite. I have been fortunate enough to work with some exceptionally talented people in the fitness industry. My thirst to create and develop as an exercise professional began to grow.
My teaching career began in 2003, I was part of a team that introduced and developed a range of health and fitness courses. At the time, this was to meet the increasing demand for fitness professionals and was the spearhead of the fitness revolution in this country. However, after 16 years I learned the art of teaching and started to rekindle the idea of developing quality in an industry that has helped shape my life. SFE Academy has allowed me to do this.
After teaching a range of health and fitness related subjects in Colleges and private training providers. One thing rang true the exercise and fitness industry, it was that more could done to link the skills being taught with the skills sought by employers. There seemed to be a skills gap in the industry. Furthermore, my goal was to fill that gap and to get people into employment in the industry.
The aim of the Academy if for students to be supported from the moment they start until graduation. I also believe that this holistic approach to is a powerful way to raise the standard in the fitness industry.
Learn, Adapt, Innovate, Lead
About me pages can be dull and boring to read so I am going to try and make this about what I have done to get to this point. I am going to try and offer you a window into me and my way of thinking. Here goes…
I was taught the science of teaching at Oxford Brookes University on the advanced post graduate teacher training programme in 2012. However, I learned the art of teaching in secondary and further education many years afterwards. I studied sport and exercise science at university and had a calling into the teaching profession.
The cliche of ” wanting to teach the next generation” is totally true in my case. and… I want to do it the correct way.
After teaching a range of health and fitness related subjects in Colleges both as a lecturer and manager. One thing rang true in every single ‘institution’ (definitely the most appropriate word). Further education didn’t seem to adapt to the the needs of employers and students that well.
This inability to adapt to what employers wanted led me to try and change the state of play. I did not want to see student after student complete a course who’s qualification was out date at best by the time they left. Therefore, I decided to……. No less, change how health and fitness education is taught in the UK.
And here you are… at Sport, Fitness and Exercise Academy.