On the third day of Christmas my AP gave to me…a pair of heart-warming stories from the school of Sport:
Day Three – Kevin Toyne and Adie Short
Before choosing to study on the FdSc Sports Therapy, Health and Fitness course at the age of 36, I had worked within the leisure industry, working my way up into various management roles (Duty Manager, Fitness Manager Sales and Retention Manager). As I progressed I found myself moving away from one to one interactions with fitness clients and instead my job became office based, where a combination of long hours and demotivation lead me to pursuing new avenues for retraining in a new skill. Sports therapy has always been an interest of mine but finding the correct course to fit in with my private and professional life was essential. After searching online I found the aforementioned course and decided to attend an open evening. Stewart Kelman showed me the first class facilities on offer and gave really informative information on what the course entailed, making me feel valued and extremely interested in placing my application through UCAS.
My overall goal from completing the course was to obtain a range of skills in sports massage, exercise prescription and sports therapy, to lead to the setting up of my own business on achievement of my degree.
The requirement of completing work placements within the qualification proved to be essential for my future successes. I sourced my own work placement with Sheffield United Football Club initially for 120 hours, working as an assistant soft tissue therapist within the first team medical department. What I observed and practically performed gave me a great insight into the standards required to be successful within the world of professional sport.
Student finance was excellent throughout the two years of study and the amount of bursary funding I had available to upskill was always clear. I used this to complete qualifications in areas such as first aid, rock taping, purchasing equipment and sports massage. Engaging in these courses enhanced my skills to become a well-rounded sports therapist along with making me appreciate the value of budgeting my education funds to get the most out of the course.
During the two years of study the teaching and mentoring was excellent. Each member of the teaching team contributed to my development and offered clear and concise lectures whilst being easily accessible if further help was required. I would not like to thank a single member of staff but rather say a few words about each individual:
David Horsfield – Always approachable and very knowledgeable, a great guy. He was always ready to help and had the student’s best intentions in mind. An excellent lecturer and personal tutor.
Alex Sheldon – Very knowledgeable and always provided fun lectures. We held a good relationship and he gave me very useful insights in to working in elite sport. A lovely guy who helped me a lot with personal issues.
Stewart Kelman – A constant source of information throughout the course, providing me with life changing opportunities. He made every task interesting and everything was done for a reason. I was thinking about Stew on my lap of the pitch after gaining promotion with Sheffield United. I always want to make him proud for the rest of my career.
Michelle McGill – Always positive with her approach to lectures, giving us clear instructions. Very supportive with my work at Sheffield United and setting up my own business.
Overall I really enjoyed my time on the course and completing my study at Lincoln College. I thank you for giving me a life changing experience.
Kevin Toyne, FdSc Sports Therapy, Health and Fitness
Before attending Lincoln College I had no clear direction in life, I had two young children and I was working part-time in retail to earn a living. As my children grew older and more independent I started to have more time to look at career options. Through attending an open day at Newark College I found my way into the world of beauty therapy, not the nails and waxing side but massage based. It was something that really interested me. Unfortunately, we did not have enough students for the course to proceed and so I was offered an alternative course at the Lincoln College campus that would not just be massage therapy but also spa therapy; and so my journey began.
I completed my year long course and came across many obstacles with getting into the Spa industry as I was male and had tattoos, this really frustrated me as I was very confident in my therapy skills and knew I had so much to offer. On discussion with the knowledgeable staff within student services I was shown the FdSc in Sports Therapy, Health and Fitness course which really excited me and I could see my progression into the sports therapy field rather than just massage and spa therapy.
The two years spent on the course developed my knowledge and skills in psychology, physiology and research skills, but most importantly I enhanced my vocational skills through attending events such as the Lincoln 10K and Half marathon. These skills have allowed me to get myself out there and start working within the sports therapy and sport industry. During the course the bursary allowed me to complete two external sports therapy qualifications and two first aid courses, and I have personally purchased equipment that I am using to start my own sports therapy business.
Since graduating I am continuing my studies on the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree. I have started my own business which is in its infancy but is starting to show signs of picking up due to my commitment to achieve. My future goals are to work in teaching and I have just started working for FE Resources at Lincoln College. My new challenge is only possible due to the help, guidance and support I have received from my tutors; namely David Horsfield, Michelle McGill, Alex Sheldon and Stewart Kelman and obviously the hard work and determination on my part.
I am excited for my future.