Sport generates a variety of socio-economic benefits and makes a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society. Participation in sport enhances young people’s self-esteem and greatly improves their physical health, motor skills development and performance. 

According to Sport England, physical activity including sport is linked to reduced risk of over 20 million illnesses and makes a positive impact on education including improved attainment, lower absenteeism and drop-out and increased progression to higher education in many areas. 

Playing sport encourages lifelong physical activity and the skills learnt contribute to the holistic development of young people as well as promote community building opportunities. Through participation in sport, young people learn about the importance of key values such as:

  • Honesty
  • Teamwork
  • Fair play
  • Respect for others
  • Adherence to rules  

Sport-based programmes have been shown to improve the learning performance of young people and they also provide a forum for learning how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing situations. These learning aspects highlight the impact of sport on young people’s moral development in addition to physical skills and abilities.  

West London College offers Sports & Fitness courses covering key theoretical and practical sports-related subjects across multiple disciplines such as fitness testing, lifestyle, sports nutrition, sports psychology and anatomy, and physiology. Apart from training under specialist coaches, students get private access to our brand-new strengthening and conditioning fitness studio and the opportunity to complete additional coaching and other awards which further support the students’ progression to higher education or employment. 

Luke Kennedy-Anderson successfully completed the Sports and Exercise Science course and is now progressing to do an Apprenticeship. Luke said: 

“My experience at College was different from what I expected. The teachers supported me more than I thought they would, they helped me to focus on achieving my career goals and consequently my communication and presentation skills have improved, this was a big benefit for my development.

“After three years at College, I have become more vocal and confident in my abilities and have successfully begun to build my career at the College and on the Fit for Sport Apprenticeship.” 

 

Raeem Leavy studied Sport and Exercise Science at West London College before going on to study Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University in London. Raeem said: 

“My course helped me build a strong foundation in the skills required for a career in Sport. I learnt to improve my work through group work and 

“West London College put me on the path I needed to go on to higher study and eventually become a Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Basketball Coach.” self-directed study by pushing myself to stay focused.”

Students who enrol on a full-time course at any of our Colleges can join the Basketball, Boxing, Men’s and Women’s Football, Futsal and Rugby Academies delivered in partnership with professional and semi-professional clubs including Chelsea FC, England Boxing, Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club, Transition Basketball, Brentford FC, London Tigers and Broadfields FC.  The Sports Academy is available for students who enrol on a full-time course at any of our College sites. Students must be aged between 16 and 18 years old when their course starts and must pass trials which are held throughout the year.

To find out more about visit wlc.ac.uk/courses/sports-studies

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