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.
Seeing my students gain employment in the industry makes me proud
I have been around health and fitness almost all of my life. Whilst playing Rugby and progressing onto a successful professional career I decided to pursue a career in health and fitness. I am very proud to have earned international caps playing for Wales under 21 Rugby team.
After completing both my applied sport and exercise science and teaching degree’s I entered into mainstream secondary school as a teacher of physical education and biology. However, I was also coaching the new generation of Welsh Rugby internationals too. My skills as a coach attracted the attention of big multinational health clubs and gym’s. I also quickly progressed into personal training alongside my teaching career. In seeking to develop my skills as a personal trainer I achieved the status of ACSM accredited exercise physiologist and personal trainer.
I have been with SFE Academy since the start. I like the way that no matter your current circumstances, we are able to adapt to you. Students have seen the benefit of having all of the tools to be able to progress in a career in the health and fitness industry from the moment they start. Furthermore, I use my specialisms in strength and conditioning and weight management to help you achieve your personal goals.