Former Level 3 Diploma in Football Development and Sport student, Sam Bell, returned to Stamford College, part of Inspire Education Group (IEG), to gain valuable industry experience during his university placement year at Nottingham Trent University.
Sam praised the support offered to him during his time as a student of the Stamford Football Academy, sharing, “The College aided me through my coursework, offered me coaching opportunities within local primary schools, and even helped me to gain a Sports Leadership Award. The real-life experience helped me to consider new career opportunities, and coupled with the guidance from the College in researching, choosing and applying to university, I progressed to study BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Coaching at Nottingham Trent University”.
Sam was delighted to return to the Sports department this year as a Trainee Lecturer. He said, “It was such a great opportunity to explore the world of working in Further Education and football coaching. Staff members have offered me so much support, but have also allowed me the freedom to express myself, such as running my own training sessions and helping around the classrooms”. Sam’s hard work didn’t go unnoticed, with Football Coach, Chris Palmer, sharing, “Sam fitted in superbly with all staff and students. He was a fantastic addition to the team of staff, helping students to progress and develop, on and off the field of play. He was very organised and very proactive in his role, completing his UEFA badge during his industry placement year. We’re very grateful for his role in many aspects of fundraising and organising events for the Football Academy and Sport department. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the year Sam spent with us, and we wish him well”. Assistant Head of Faculty for Sport and Public Services, Martin Gibson, continued, “Sam was an exemplary member of staff, and dynamic in his approach to new challenges within his role. Best of luck, Sam”.
Sam is returning to university this September, to complete his final year of study. He said, “I’m going to gain more experience this year, by coaching one of the University’s football teams. Afterwards, I’m hoping to continue my career journey in Further Education and football coaching”. Inspire Education Group wishes Sam all the best in his future endeavours.