Blog: Stephen, Sport Lecturer

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From representing Wales in the 2010 Commonwealth Games to having a super-hero power, find out all you need to know about our Sports Lecturer, Stephen!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi! I’m Stephen and I am a Sports Lecturer at Moray College UHI. I am originally from Wales but now live in Inverness with my partner and two young children. I left school at 16 to study sport full time at Gower College in Swansea. I find that this helps me identify with my students, as I have been where they are right now!
Describe a typical day in your line of work?
My days are busy, but that’s the way I like it! I teach a range of classes from FE to HE, which will include elements of theory and practical. I enjoy working with all levels and the balance of theory and practical keeps things fresh. 
 
The sport courses at Moray College UHI are industry specific and offer opportunities for students to experience what is really happening in the field, which I think is invaluable. We have great partnerships with the local community employers and great networking potential for our students for future employment themselves. This plays a huge part in our courses as we offer real experiences in the field. Our students work closely with fitness centres, the Moray Council Active Schools programme, the Moray Council community sports hub officers, sports centres, Schools and various other avenues.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Working with students and seeing them develop and grow through sport. It is important to gain the qualifications but seeing my students improve as people can be extremely rewarding.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I started competing for Wales at table tennis from as early as 10 years old, and through the sport have had opportunities to travel all over the world and had some amazing experiences, Commonwealth Games for example!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Out with my work at Moray College UHI I’m heavily involved in coaching at local community clubs through to the National set up for table tennis. I’m regularly away coaching on weekends across Britain and I think this experience helps me as sports lecturer as I have real experience to draw upon.
What is your favourite type of food?
A good lasagne!

What is your favourite song?
Hard to choose just one! It’s a tie between Indian Summer by Stereophonics and One More Light by Linkin Park.
What is the best advice you ever received and who was it from?
A former coach of mine, I was about 16 years old at the time, said “don’t expect people to pave the way for you in life, you have to make it happen, be proactive and try to stand out, fully commit and I’m sure you’ll be fine”! Something along those lines anyway, I regularly speak to him to this day!
If you were a super-hero, what type of powers would you have?
I think I’d like to be able to fly, I have long commutes and many hours spent in traffic, I’d like to get to places quicker!
 
Our Sports Department offers a range of qualifications to suit everyone, from SCQF Level 5 Sport and Fitness through to BSc degrees in Sport and Fitness and Sports Management. We also offer courses as part of the senior phase programme, and even a personal development award in Personal Training which can be done alongside full-time employment. Find out more and apply.
 
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