In 2011, I graduated from University College Birmingham as a sports student with a heavy heart. Thereafter, I decided to continue with my studies at the University of Worcester, to begin a BSc (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education degree. Through the completion of modules, such as Sport and Disability and Teaching Primary/Secondary Games, where placements and volunteer work involved teaching sport to individuals with physical, social and emotional needs, I discovered a passion for differentiating sport for young people with diverse needs. I found it incredibly rewarding adapting activities to ensure all individuals could participate and enjoy sport at the same level, by creating opportunities and inclusion for children and young people to thrive in sport, regardless of their ability or needs.
In 2014, I graduated from University, searching for a job where I could make a difference. I joined UCB as a full-time Academic Support Worker in October 2014, where I work in class with students in a variety of subject areas in FE, to help students with additional learning needs to achieve their academic potential. I therefore get the chance to build a great rapport with students, from supporting them at the start of the academic year, to the end of the academic year. This is something I find very rewarding, as I get the opportunity to see the students’ progress and accomplishments, both practically and academically, as well as their growth as individuals toward their chosen career path.