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Sport generates a variety of socio-economic benefits and makes a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society. Participation in sports enhances young people’s self-esteem and greatly improves their physical health, motor skills development and performance. West London College representatives were on Sunrise Radio speaking about the importance and value of sport for young people.

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 learned contribute to the holistic development of young people and 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 support further 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. He said: 

“My experience at College was very different to my expectations, the teachers supported me to achieve my career goals and 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 myself and have successfully begun to build my career by doing Fit for Sport Apprenticeship.”  

Raeem Leavy Sport and Exercise Science alumnus has progressed to study a Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University. He said:

“My course helped me build a strong foundation and get the skills required for a career in Sport. At College, I learnt to rely a lot more on myself and to push myself to stay focused. I think the College has put me in the path that I need to be in to achieve my career goals of becoming a Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Basketball Coach.”

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 sign up visit www.wlc.ac.uk/sportsacademy

Find out more about our Sports & Fitness courses here www.wlc.ac.uk/courses