Interview with former Sport learner and gym owner, Jack Ramsey
Studied: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports
Progression: Now owns a gym in Nuneaton
Why did you decide to study at Coventry College?
The course curriculum offered a well-rounded education which would efficiently prepare me for university.
What course did you study, and what did you enjoy the most?
I studied the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports. The variety of topics covered on the course was a highlight.
How has your career developed since leaving Coventry College?
I completed a three-year Sport and Exercise Science degree at Coventry University. I took a gap year during the three years to work with Coventry City Football Club as a first team and academy sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach.
I then completed a Masters in Strength & Conditioning at a Coventry University. Following this, I worked full time with Wasps Rugby Club for a year, before eventually deciding to open up my own gym in Nuneaton.
What was the most important thing you learned at Coventry College that has helped you in your career?
The necessary coaching skills required to work in an elite sports environment. The underpinning knowledge necessary to plan, prepare and deliver quality coaching sessions.
What advice would you give to those following in your footsteps at Coventry College?
Be proactive and look for any opportunity to increase your knowledge, experience and connections. Try and remember people and greet them by their first names to create a lasting impression. It goes a long way!
Keep your options open and don’t just have ‘tunnel vision’ for one career path. Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith in a business idea – just make sure you put in all the necessary ground work first. Introduce yourself to people you admire and pick their brains regarding how they managed to get to where they are! Learn from the best.