Case Study – Liam Roberts
Liam Roberts is a former student at Boston United Sports College who joined in 2011. His story at our college is an inspirational one that has seen Liam grow and flourish as a person, and although he has disability – he never let that stop him. He now has a full time job thanks to his studies with Boston United Sports College. Read his story:
I would certainly recommend Boston United Sports College – it has given me the pathway to where I want to try and get to within life and I owe a lot to the people who helped me through the first two years of my time at the football club both educationally and coaching.
“Studying with Boston United Sports College and becoming a volunteer coach with United in the Community has changed my life completely! It has made me a better, more confident and mature person, and given me new lights in my tunnel of life to go and explore.
I joined Boston United Sports College in 2011 on the Real Skills for Work Level 1 course. Before joining, I was home schooled throughout my Secondary school years due to my disability and I spent a lot of my primary years in hospital for numerous operations.
After a tough first year of getting used to both the workload and the different personalities of students, I went on to do the Level 2 course. This was a lot more challenging for me as I was not used to the quality or amount of work needed to complete each assignment to gain a merit grade.
At this stage, I was unsure if I would be able to study the BTEC Level 3 for two years – but thanks to the confidence and support given to me from the tutors I managed to complete both years with pass grades!
I started to help coach with the football club’s community sports programme, United in the Community on Saturday mornings at Tiny Pilgrims and with P.E. Lessons in a couple of Primary schools to help me gain confidence and to see whether coaching was right for me.
After a short period of time, I started to increase the amount of coaching I did. This was because I enjoyed the variety of sessions I was getting involved with, and it was great being able to pass my knowledge of sports to the younger generation to help inspire them to become sports people when they are older.
By going out coaching I was also becoming more confident within myself and putting myself out of my comfort zone during coaching sessions by taking the lead of the sessions.
Studying at the college has helped me gain the confidence to go out and get my current job working in a residential college for young adults with mental health and learning difficulties, which although is very difficult at times and draining, it is a very rewarding job. Hopefully in the coming months when the weather starts to improve I’ll be able to use my coaching background and put on some sessions for the clients that I work with to give them all something new to try.
Good luck to you if you are reading this before starting the course and enjoy every minute of your time with Boston United Sports College because it is something completely different to a normal college experience, but worth every second!”