Joe Preston

Joe Preston

BTEC Level 3 Student

Joe Preston began at Progress Sports 3 years ago after he left Litherland High School; Joe began on his Level 2 in sport, completing this qualification in his first year. In his second year Joe enrolled onto a Level 3 apprenticeship, working at the Sefton Centre as an Assistant Tutor to the Level 2 group, where he delivered regular coaching sessions and helped out during Theory lessons. Joe then enrolled onto his Level 3 BTEC course in September 2015. Joe has been a huge part of the group, delivering regular sessions & gaining work experience in Litherland High School where he was once a student. Joe received fantastic feedback from the teachers he worked with: “Joe was a massive help during PE lessons for all years at the school, Joe shown great experienced maturity levels when helping out in practical lessons.” Earlier this year whilst on his BTEC Level 3 at Progress Sports, Joe successfully gained a coaching role with partner company Challenger Sports, and is now currently in America until September coaching soccer camps!
During Joe’s 3 years at Progress Sports, all members of staff have seen Joe progress from a quiet learner to a very competent, experienced and well mannered coach!

John Munroe

John Munroe

Apprentice
Earlier this month, both John Munroe completed and achieved his Level 2 intermediate apprenticeship!
John was placed at Halsnead Primary School in Whiston and delivered the majority of physical education, lunch time clubs, and 5 after school clubs each week, where he quickly became an important part of the school team. We are pleased to announce that John has recently progressed on to work towards his Level 3 advanced
apprenticeship, where he will continue to deliver primary school sport with Halsnead Primary School!! John says “I’m so happy to be staying in Halsnead, I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship and I hope to continue to learn and develop on my advanced apprenticeship!”
A colleague of John also said, “John has changed the way sport is delivered in our school!” – Well done John!!
Mark Macculloch

Mark Macculloch

Student
With very limited GCSE’S from school, Mark started at Progress Sports three years ago. For his first year at Progress Sports, Mark enrolled onto a Level 2 Sport Certificate as well as Functional Skills Level 1 in both English and Maths at our Sefton centre. After completing his Sport Certificate and Functional skills within his first year, Mark enrolled onto a Level 2 Diploma in Sport in his second year, improving his academic success, football and coaching skills, and importantly his English and Maths knowledge. After successfully completing and passing his Level 2 Qualifications, Mark enrolled onto a BTEC Level 3 in sports. Whilst on his Level 3, Mark has further developed his coaching skills and techniques, gained placement with local soccer schools during half terms, and also passed his Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths. Mark has now finished and passed his first year on his BTEC Level 3 and is looking forward to enrolling onto his second year in August, ready to start in early September.
All members of staff have seen the remarkable progression Mark has made whilst with Progress Sports, through the careful guidance of coaches and his determined and studious attitude — Well Done Mark!
Tom Nolan

Tom Nolan

BTEC Level 3 Student

Tom was one of the first learners to enrol onto the BTEC Level 3 Sport programme delivered at the Prescot Soccer Centre in 2014. During his two years of study Tom has progressed from a quiet individual into a well rounded knowledgeable sports student, who has become an essential member of the study group. Throughout his two years of study, Tom has developed an excellent skill set and reached the high grades needed to attend University.

Tom has recently been successful in applying for a place at Liverpool John Moores University, who Progress Sports have a link with, where will study an undergraduate BA Honours degree in History and Sport.

Matt Barry

Matt Barry

Chester based student
Matt Barry, who studies at our Chester centre, is on course to progress onto the BTEC Level 3 course next year!

Matt used to attend a mainstream college but found himself feeling unhappy and unaware of his progressions routes. Upon discovering Progress Sports, Matt decided to leave his college and join us in February this year! Matt now knows what he wants to do as well as having clear career goals, and Progress Sports will support him every step of the way.

In the future Matt wants to travel over to America to coach football to children, and with Progress Sports this is possible. We are partnered with Challenger Sports, a coaching organisation who sends students over to the USA during the Summer to coach football! 3 of our BTEC Level 3 students will be heading over to the States this Summer!

As well as achieving in his education, Matt has also just signed for Blacon FC’s team in the West Cheshire League – well done!

Jason Houghton

Jason Houghton

Apprentice
Jason started in the Prescot Centre and gained a BTEC Level 2 in Sport & Active Leisure. Alongside this Jason gained work experience with Inspired Sports which supported his apprenticeship application.

On completion of his programme with Progress Sports, Jason gained an apprenticeship and was placed at Prescot Primary School on a full time basis.

Currently Jason has progressed onto a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship and now earns up to £200 a week. Jason’s full-time ambitions is to be the schools PE coordinator on a full time basis.

Danny Shapcott

Danny Shapcott

Apprenticeship Development Officer
Danny Shapcott joined a Progress training programme after leaving school. He gained an Apprenticeship with Progress Sports coaching on a range of programmes developing his skills as a coach and a tutor.

He knew that many universities now accept an apprenticeship as an alternative to A-levels, and successfully enrolled on a degree in sports development at Edge Hill University.

Since finishing his degree Danny has returned to work for Progress Sports as Apprenticeship Development Officer.

Lucy Colquhoun

Lucy Colquhoun

Apprentice

Lucy started with Progress Sports at the Kirkby centre in 2015, and from an early stage she set herself a goal of becoming a Sports Apprentice. Lucy’s tutor John Corby created a specific programme designed to help Lucy meet her career goals, and supported her in every way possible.

Lucy demonstrated the perfect attitude on her programme, and also volunteered at her local Youth Centre, supporting local teenagers on numerous projects. Working at the Youth Centre enabled Lucy to develop her employability skills, and working with teenagers helped Lucy gain confidence and boost her leaderships skills.

In September 2016 Lucy progressed onto the Traineeship programme, which runs from Slater Street and the Powerlague centre. Through the Traineeship course, Lucy gained a placement working in a local Primary School, with our sister company Inspired Sports for 6 weeks. Lucy started her placement in Prescot Primary School where she worked alongside 2 Inspired Sports apprentices. Lucy was highlighted by the staff as someone who had the skills to work with, and engage children with SEN; Lucy also excelled in extra curriculum activities by setting up new sessions such as cheerleading and dance classes. Lucy impressed the school so much that they employed her as their own Sports Apprentice. Lucy now works with children in 1-2-1 sessions of a morning, PE lessons in school time, and also delivers her own after school clubs.

Lucy is now 8 months into her apprenticeship and will be progressing onto her Level 3 qualification in October.

Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan

BTEC Level 3 Student
Joe Ryan who studies on our BTEC Level 3 course was chosen to fly over to Canada by our partners Challenger Sports! He has recently landed in Vancouver, where he will be coaching football to children in summer soccer camps. Joe will reside in Canada for the next three months – well done Joe!
Andrew Higgins

Andrew Higgins

Apprentice
Andrew Higgins recently completed and achieved his Level 2 intermediate apprenticeship!
Andrew was placed at Holy Trinity Primary School in Garston for his apprenticeship working alongside the teaching team to deliver high quality primary school sport. Andrew said “Working alongside professionals and PE Specialists has developed my knowledge and understanding of Primary School Sport. I now feel comfortable delivering all kind of sports sessions!” The school were so impressed with Andrew that they have decided to keep him on whilst he completes his Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship!!
Andrew will now take on a more lead role in PE lessons and after school clubs! Great work!
Adam Edwards

Adam Edwards

Apprentice
Adam started in the Netherton Goals centre and was put on a 6 week program designed to prepare for apprenticeship standard. After completing the course Adam gained work experience with our partners Inspired Sports Events, which supported his apprenticeship application coaching children aged 4-11.

On completion of his program with Progress Sports, Adam gained an apprenticeship and was placed at Streatham House School on a 6 week trial placement.

After a successful period, Adam completed his Level 2 apprenticeship and through hard work and determination he is now working towards his Level 3 advanced apprenticeship. Adam now takes the schools sports days and delivers after school clubs.

Adams ambition is to be in the sports coaching industry and recently expressed an interest in becoming involved with training the next generation of apprentices.