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Nex Jager

Nex Jager

Games Design Course Lvl 2 Student

Nex started with Progress in August 2018 and had a keen interest in video game design and was placed on a Creative Media & Games Design Pathway course.

Nex had excellent attendance and punctuality and his attitude towards lessons was outstanding, taking part in all tasks that were set to him.

During his course, Nex designed concepts for his own Video Games, created his own characters and also
discussed and designed some aspects to how the gameplay would work in this game.

In November 2018 as part of his work experience, Nex went to the Princes Trust and joined on their “Get Started with Gaming” course. The course lasted a week with the intent that at the end each student would get a chance to be chosen to work at Sony as a Games Tester. On the course, students would work in teams to design their own games and get help from Sony employees.

At the end of the course at Princes Trust, Nex was chosen to work at Sony on a month-long placement as a Games Tester, with the possibility of being invited back again in the future on a full-time employment position.

Nex successfully achieved on his Creative Media & Games Design Pathway programme with us.

We are very proud of Nex and wish him all the best in his placement at Sony.

Gemma Temple

Gemma Temple

Personal Training Level 3 Student
Gemma started with us in 2017, she had a keen interest in gym and fitness and wanted to become a personal trainer. Gemma started on the level 2 exercise and fitness qualification and then progressed on to a Level 3 PT course in January 2018. Gemma excelled on the course, her attendance and attitude to work was excellent throughout the programme.

In March this year her tutor Deon and herself started to contact local gyms looking to gain experience or employment alongside her qualification. Pure Gym in Warrington replied back to her and offered her an interview. The interview went really well and Gemma was told to pass her level 3 and keep in contact as there would be an opportunity of employment at the end of her course. Gemma developed her industry experience by delivering one to one PT sessions to her peers and delivering circuit classes to her group of learners.

In June this year Gemma had her second interview with Pure Gym and part of the interview process was to deliver a 45 minute long one to one session to the Pure Gym manager we are so pleased that Gemma passed the interview and will start her new job as a PT in Pure Gym in July 2018.

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!
Joel Fox

Joel Fox

BTEC Level 3 Sports Student

Joel started with Progress in August 2016 at our Sefton Centre looking for employment. Whilst looking for employment Joel wanted to complete his Sports course. As a result of this, his tutor placed him on a 14 week Sports Level 2 qualification as well as work on his employability skills.

After 5 weeks on his Sports course, Joel was gaining more confidence and improving his knowledge in Sports and Coaching. Joel had excellent attendance and timekeeping and on a weekly basis, his tutor would do 1-1 support with him aimed at improving his CV and job capability.

Throughout lessons, Joel was always asking and answering questions correctly and confidently. He always enjoyed taking part in all activities. Joel would occasionally deliver practical sessions to the other students and came up with some very good ideas and implemented them into warm-ups and main sessions.

Joel came to the end of his sports certificate and progressed on to his diploma qualification with Progress Sports. During his time on the diploma, he learnt things such as how to plan and deliver a sports event effectively. This helped him with enhancing his skills in responsibility and authority.

Joel progressed onto BTEC level 3 in Sports Coaching in summer 2017. Joel successfully completed his first year on the course improving social skills such as confidence, knowledge and communication.

Joel began his second year but into his second week of the course, we managed to find him employment as a P.A at a bar in a busy part of the city centre.

After a couple of phone calls, Joel seems to enjoy it and has now been promoted to barman.

We wish Joel all the best in his employment.

Leanne Cross

Leanne Cross

Student

Leanne started with Progress in February 2016 at our Maghull centre. Over the summer she attended a Fitness Instructor Level 2 programme for four months. After completing her Fitness Instructing course, she left Progress to pursue employment.

Leanne returned to Progress in January 2017 where she began her Sports Diploma Level 2. After 4 months she started her work experience within Progress participating in admin duties which included customer service & file management. It was also during her work experience that after 7 months, Leanne completed her Sports Diploma course in July 2017.

Upon completion of Leanne’s course, she was hired as a full time receptionist and administration employee, this is due to how impressed Progress were by her during her work experience.

Leanne has currently been working for Progress for over a year now and is receiving more training within her current position so that she can take on further responsibility within her role.

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.

Andrew Fallon

Andrew Fallon

BTEC Level 3 Sports Student

Andrew started with Progress Sports in September 2016 and had a keen interest in sport and coaching and was placed on an extended diploma in Sports BTEC Level 3.

Andrew had excellent attendance and punctuality while his attitude towards both theoretical and practical lessons was outstanding, taking part in all tasks that were set to him.

Andrew completed his F.A Level one coaching badge this year at our Prescot centre. Andrew also picked up new skills and was able to successfully complete a risk assessment, delivery of sessions which included warm-ups, main activities, cooldowns and invasion games.

In January this year, Andrew applied for university at UCFB Etihad Campus in Manchester with a hope to start in September 2018. Andrew needed Merits or above with his qualification work and with a load of dedication and hard work Andrew managed to receive these grades and is now heading to take part in a degree for Sports Business and Sports Coaching.

We are very proud of Andrew and wish him all the best in University at the UCFB Etihad Campus in Manchester.

Adam Edwards

Adam Edwards

Apprentice

Adam started with Progress in July 2014 at our Sefton Goals centre. Adam left high school that summer and immediately started his career in sport. Over the summer he attended a programme that aimed at improving his coaching ability and knowledge of the industry to develop his chances of gaining an Apprenticeship in a school.

After 6 weeks of working with Progress staff Adam started a work placement in Streatham House School Crosby. Adam worked in the school 5 days per week and made a huge impression on staff and pupils. His role in the school varied, from supporting and delivering PE and helping out in the classroom to delivering his own after school clubs. The school was so impressed with Adam they employed him as a Sports Apprentice. Progress delivered a qualification in Activity Leadership to Adam and visited him at his placement regularly to set work and observe him.

Over a 12 month period Adam completed an intermediate apprenticeship and then progressed onto an advanced apprenticeship studying a level 3 in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport. Adams responsibilities in school become greater has he progressed and developed his knowledge of school PE. Adam delivered all PE lessons both practical and theory based and organised sports days and other sports events.

On completion of a 2 year apprenticeship Adam gained full-time employment as the schools PE coordinator. Adam has now worked in his school for over 4 years and will now be moving on to start a new job in a Primary School – In May 2018 Adam will start his new position as head of PE in Holland Moor Primary school in Skelmersdale.

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!