Clarendon Sixth Form College News

Former sport student graduates with masters degree

Beth Connolly, a former sport student from Clarendon Sixth Form College has graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a masters degree in physical education and school sport.

Beth, who has always had a love of sports since secondary school, began at Clarendon Sixth Form College on a level 2 coaching qualification before progressing onto a level 3 in sport and then onto a degree in sport at the University of Central Lancashire.

Beth, said: “I loved my time at college. I’d say to any students who think they can’t do it, to stick at it because it’s worth it in the end.”

During her time at university, Beth also used her skills in sport to take part in a three week charity trip to Zambia as part of the University of Central Lancashire’s, ‘Sport for Development’ project. Working in partnership with Sport in Action, the university created the project to provide students with an opportunity to study the global value and contribution sport can make. As part of the ‘Sport for Development’ team, Beth delivered key life skill messages such as initiative, respect, teamwork and leadership through activities and games to children in Zambia.  

After finishing her degree in sports, Beth progressed onto a master’s degree in physical education and school sport and graduated at the end of last year before deciding to study towards a PGCE qualification to fulfil her long-time dream of becoming a teacher.

Alongside studying for her teaching qualification, Beth has now started working as a PE supply teacher, working in secondary schools around the North West to gain more experience, ready for when she graduates in a year’s time.

Beth, said: “My sport teacher at college, Tracey Hobson, encouraged me to apply to university when I didn’t think I could go and thanks to her support I’m studying to be a PE teacher and loving it. I’ve had to study hard but I’d do it all again to get to where I am today.”

Tracey Hobson, Beth’s former sport teacher at Clarendon Sixth Form College, said: “Beth worked really hard to achieve her ambition of working in sport. In addition to progressing in her studies, she took every opportunity available to her to improve her knowledge and skill set in sport, including: extra qualifications, playing a variety of different sports and volunteering. I am proud to have supported her journey. She will make a brilliant teacher.”

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