After graduating with a degree in Sports Management, Lee has successfully combined his love of sports and education, whilst making time to compete in Ironman triathlons. Read on to learn more about his motivation on and off the track, and career journey to date.
Class of 2006
Foundation Degree in Sport & Leisure Management,
continuing to the BA (Hons) Top-up Degree.
We understand it is not only your job that reflects your passion for sports?
That is correct. I work for Moulton College where my role is Head of Football Academy and Sports Lecturer, but I have also completed 2 ultra-marathons of 45 and 35 miles, cycled the length of Great Britain, competed in 2 Ironman triathlons and more recently represent a GB Age-Group team at the Europeans Duathlon Championships.
What have been your main career achievements to date?
I have maintained 12 years coaching football at an elite level. This experience has given me the opportunity to coach, develop and improve young athletes to represent national standard. During my teaching role my main achievement was to earn a grade ‘1’ outstanding for teaching, learning and assessments with student, and maintain this grade.
Where did your love of sports come from? And how important is it for you to ensure that you are more than just a spectator?
My love for the sport started at school, where I was fortunate enough to attend schools that were very competitive across most sports. I was always a football player throughout my sporting career which led me to a high amateur standard. However, more recently I fell in love with triathlon. I was always a physically fit person, gaining level 16 on the bleep test at 15 years old. So, the thought of training and competing in a sport which builds endurance appealed to me.
Training and competing at triathlon improves my mental well-being by feeling healthy and happy, which are the two most important things in life. More recently becoming a father has increased my determination to perform so I can be a good role model for my daughter.
What is involved in your day-to-day work?
My lecturing role involves teaching students levels 1 to 3 on a variety of BTEC sports courses. On daily bases I plan, deliver and review lessons for college students. The purpose is to give students the relevant skills and knowledge to find employment within the sports industry. In recent years my role has been to start the development, enhance and quality assure the delivery of NVQ qualifications. Including communication with examine bodies and support the IV and EV process for standardization. The second part of my day-to-day work involves developing college football players through the delivery following a performance season technical programme.
How has your qualification from Bucks helped your career?
By achieving my BA Hons degree at Bucks has given me the opportunity to progress my academic qualifications onto completing a PGCE and Msc Sports Coaching courses.
During my degree at Bucks I developed many essential skills that have supported my career, including organisational skills, and English writing and public speaking skills.
What advice would you give to a student who is about to graduate into your role/industry?
Be open minded.
Know that learning is not straight forward, and challenges have to be overcome for improvements to be achieved.
What advice would you pass on to your first year self?
Success is not achieved instantly, hard work and positive mind-set are essential.
Thank you for reading Lee’s article, I think it might be time to leave the desk and go for a run now.
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