Knowledge of Forth Valley College from high school and the content of the HND Sports Coaching and Development course encouraged Steven Connell to apply for a full-time course.
The 20 year-old from Stirling started his HND in August 2018 and graduated in June 2020. He is now continuing his studies at degree level at the University of the West of Scotland. He said: “The course specifications were exactly what I was looking for when applying for courses. The modules fascinated me and provided a deeper knowledge into my desired area of future employment. I had also previously attended FVC in high school, so I had previous knowledge of the college facilities and the support level of the lecturers.”
Steven currently holds down two jobs involve working with children, one within St Modan’s High School additional support needs provision where he provides sport and assistance in classes. His second job is working with challenging children to provide respite for parents, through Love @care.
Steven who won Most Inspirational Student in the Department of Care, Sport and Construction in 2020, went on: “Every lecturer that I came across in the college had a great balance of professionalism and friendliness. This allowed me to excel in the course and also better my college experience.
“My experience of studying at FVC has most definitely benefited me, from meeting new people, to learning new and extremely valuable skills, to take into my future studies and employment. Through the great relationship with my lecturers and peers it has allowed me to experience different teaching methods.
“FVC has given me the opportunity to develop every aspect within my coaching and personal development. Through the completion of each specific module throughout my two years at FVC, each module was loaded with useful and critical information to help push me onto the next step in my career.
“I would most definitely recommend this college to other aspiring students because of the type of hands on learning. Hands on learning has allowed me to practice and recall information easier to insure my success within the course.
“The best part of my college experience for me, was meeting friends for life and also creating useful and trustworthy contacts with the lecturers in the college, that I can take into my further education at university.
Summing up his experience at Forth Valley College in three words, Steven said: “Dedication, friendships and being supported.”