Sport

The College of West Anglia sport and leisure department is located at our Sports Campus, housed at Alive Lynnsport in King's Lynn, giving you access to some of the best teaching and sports facilities in the region. We offer a wide range of full-time vocational courses to help you progress to university or gain employment in the sport and active leisure industry. We also offer apprenticeships for those interested in work-based learning, offering a range of intermediate and advanced apprenticeships in areas such as leadership and coaching, exercise and fitness instructing, personal training, leisure operations and supporting teaching and learning in school sport.

Below are some of the recent awards we have won:

  • FA College Football Development Hub 2018
  • AoC Sport Regional Champions Basketball 2017
  • LTA Education Venue of the Year 2015
  • FA College Football Development Hub 2015
  • England Basketball School of Basketball 2014
  • British College Sport College of Year Finalist 2014
  • RFU Presidents XV College of the Year 2013
  • LTA FE College of the Year 2012
 

Career options:

  • Professional/semi-professional sportsperson
  • Personal trainer
  • PE teacher
  • Sports coach
  • Fitness/leisure centre supervisor/manager
  • Fitness instructor
  • Outdoor activity instructor
  • Sports development officer/manager
  • Sports biomechanist
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Physiotherapist/sports therapist
  • Sports psychologist
 

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At CWA Sports Campus we pride ourselves on the real work environment we offer our students. This includes working with a range of partners helping to develop sport and physical activity. Our partners include:

 
   

We have a strong team of highly skilled and industry-experienced staff, as well as strong links with organisations such as British Colleges Sport, England Colleges Football Association, King's Lynn Community Football, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, Sports Development Unit, Active Norfolk, Living Sport, Top Coaching, Norwich City Football Club, and West Norfolk Rugby Club to name a few.

Sport and Leisure - Teaching Team

  • Scott Leadley - Programme Manager, National Pathway in Sport/Lecturer in Sport
  • Julie Lawrence - Course Director, Personal Training and Gym Instruction/Lecturer in Exercise and Fitness/Strength and Conditioning
  • Darren Gray - Course Director, Coaching and Activity Leadership/Lecturer in Sport
  • Shaun McKenna - Trainee Lecturer in Exercise and Fitness

Sport and Leisure - Support Staff

  • Jon Neve - Progress Coach and Work Placement Coordinator
  • Andy Olive - Minibus Driver

Elite Sports Academies Team

  • Sara Edwards - Sports Development Officer/Elite Netball Programme Head Coach
  • Dan Buhlemann - Elite Football Programme Head Coach (Men)
  • Jamie Buhlemann - Elite Football Programme Head Coach (Women)
   
 

Elite Sports Academies

CWA has a rich history of sporting success both in terms of team success in winning regional championships and producing athletes who go on to great things including professional sport. CWA's Elite Sports Academies give students an opportunity to combine their academic studies with playing a sport. Those who are successfully accepted onto a sports academy (you will need to be on a college course and pass a player evaluation) have their academic programme built around their player development programme.

Sports academy students receive:

  • 5 hours of professional coaching per week
  • 2 hours of athlete development
  • Free gym access
  • Sports science support, including regular fitness assessments
  • Sports nutrition support
  • Sports psychology support
  • Strength and conditioning support and programming
  • Access to recommended sports specialist physiotherapists and sports therapists
  • Guest speakers from professional sports organisations
  • The opportunity to apply for sports scholarships in America
 

The Sports Academy for elite individual athletes is to support talented athletes combine their education with reaching their full potential in their chosen sport by providing facilities, resources and sports science support. CWA has seen a number of talented athletes achieve their education and progress onto high level sporting careers including an olympic runner, professional kite surfer, GB rowing talent squad member, world kickboxing champion and a professional boxer to name a few.

You will receive:

  • 5 hours built into your timetable to allow you to do specific training for your sport
  • 2 hours of athlete development programme
  • Free gym access
  • Sports science support, including regular fitness assessments
  • Sports nutrition support
  • Sports psychology support
  • Performance analysis
  • Strength and conditioning support and programming
  • Access to recommended sports specialist physiotherapists and sports therapists
  • Opportunities to develop coaching, officiating and event management skills while enriching your CV with volunteer opportunities to gain valuable experience
 

To obtain a place at a CWA Sports Academy you must be successful in securing a place on a full-time course at the College of West Anglia. To access all parts of the academy programme, we recommend you apply for one of our Sports - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) courses. There is a fee to join the Sports Academy, which is paid at enrolment for those on the Extended Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence). For all other students, this needs to be paid via the online store.

 
  Elite Football  

The Elite Football Programme is the Elite Tier of our Football Development Framework, aimed at the best young footballers at under 19’s for boys and under 21’s for girls. Places are limited and those not quite ready for the Elite programme work in the Player Development Centre receiving high quality professional coaching, to develop their game. CWA Elite Football Programmes for men and women are both current AoC Sport East Region Champions. We have seen students represent the England National College Team, Students move on to Soccer Scholarship in America and students become professional footballers.

You will receive:

  • 5 hours of professional coaching per week
  • 2 hours of athlete development programme
  • Free gym access
  • Sports science support including regular fitness assessments
  • Sports nutrition support
  • Sports psychology support
  • Performance analysis
  • Strength and conditioning support and programming
  • Access to recommended sports specialist physiotherapists and sports therapists
  • Guest speakers from professional sports organisations
  • The opportunity to apply for sports scholarships at Universities in America and the UK
  • Opportunities to develop coaching, officiating and event management skills while enriching your CV with volunteer opportunities to gain valuable experience
  • Opportunities to trial for the England Colleges National Team
 

To obtain a place at a CWA Sports Academy you must be successful in securing a place on a full-time course at the College of West Anglia. To access all parts of the academy programme, we recommend you apply for our Sports - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) - Football course. Those in the Elite Football Programme will also benefit from games against professional youth teams and a series of workshops aimed at developing their careers as well as guest speakers from professional football. There is a fee to join the Sports Academy, which is paid at enrolment for those on the Extended Diploma in Sport - Performance and Excellence - Football course. For all other students, this needs to be paid via the online store.

 
  Rugby Academy

The Elite Rugby Programme is the Elite Tier of our Rugby Development Framework, aimed at the best young (under 19's) men rugby players. Places are limited and those not quite ready for the Elite programme are directed to local clubs or play in the CSM Festivals. CWA Elite Rugby Programmes play in the AoC Sport east region league. Students have progressed onto senior rugby at local clubs and are involved in professional club talent development groups. Students have the opportunity to apply for Scholarship in America.

You will receive:

  • 5 hours of professional coaching per week
  • 2 hours of athlete development programme
  • Free gym access
  • Sports science support including regular fitness assessments
  • Sports nutrition support
  • Sports psychology support
  • Performance analysis
  • Strength and conditioning support and programming
  • Access to recommended sports specialist physiotherapists and sports therapists
  • The opportunity to apply for sports scholarships at universities in America and the UK
  • Opportunities to develop coaching, officiating and event management skills, while enriching your CV with volunteer opportunities to gain valuable experience
 

To obtain a place at a CWA Sports Academy you must be successful in securing a place on a full-time course at the College of West Anglia. To access all parts of the academy programme, we recommend you apply for our Sports - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) - Rugby course. There is a fee to join the Sports Academy, which is paid at enrolment for those on the Extended Diploma in Sport - Performance and Excellence - Rugby course. For all other students, this needs to be paid via the online store.

 
  Netball Academy

The Elite Netball Programme is the Elite Tier of our Netball Development Framework, aimed at the best young Netball players at under 19’s. Places are limited and those not quite ready for the Elite programme are directed to local clubs or play in the CSM Festivals. CWA Elite Netball Programmes play in the AoC Sport east region league. Students have progressed onto senior netball at local clubs and opportunities are provided to engage in the England Netball Talent Pathway.

You will receive:

  • 5 hours of professional coaching per week
  • 2 hours of athlete development programme
  • Free gym access
  • Sports science support including regular fitness assessments
  • Sports nutrition support
  • Sports psychology support
  • Performance analysis
  • Strength and conditioning support and programming
  • Access to recommended sports specialist physiotherapists and sports therapists
  • Opportunities to develop coaching, officiating and event management skills, while enriching your CV with volunteer opportunities to gain valuable experience
 

To obtain a place at a CWA Sports Academy you must be successful in securing a place on a full-time course at the College of West Anglia. To access all parts of the academy programme, we recommend you apply for our Sports - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) - Netball course. There is a fee to join the Sports Academy, which is paid at enrolment for those on the Extended Diploma in Sport - Performance and Excellence - Netball course. For all other students, this needs to be paid via the online store.

 

Success Stories

CWA Sports Campus has a fantastic track record of students achieving their dreams, but some have gone that step further and become national or international stars - take a look at our success stories.

Adam Hughes

Studied at CWA - 2010-2012

Adam Hughes

Junior Coach at London Youth Rowing/Part of GB Talent Rowing Squad

"CWA gave me lots of support to help me achieve a triple distinction in my course and it helped me grow and think as a person rather than everything being handed onto a plate for me. The whole experience was really enjoyable!"

Alex Street

Studied at CWA - 2007-2010

Alex Street

King's Lynn Town, Footballer

"CWA helped me to get better as a goalkeeper and as a person, training every day and playing regular matches of a high standard, and getting more responsibility of being a captain matured me in a small sense to be better and to be someone to look up to as a role model. It also gave me an opportunity to play for the national college team which has been such a high light for me through my college teenage years."

Barbara Parker

Studied at CWA - 1999-2001

Barbara Parker

Professional Athlete/Sports Therapist

"I currently live in Atlanta, GA (USA) and train full-time as a professional athlete and work as a sports therapist part-time. I attended Florida State University on a Track & Field Scholarship from 2005-2007. I have represented Great Britain & NI at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 World Indoor Championships, 2010 European Championships, 2011 World Athletics Championships and the 2012 London Olympic Games. CWA helped me to be able to attend higher education and the things I learned have been extremely useful in my professional career. College overall was just a great experience - although I had to work hard, I made many friends, attended different events, including the British Colleges Championship and I would recommend the course to anyone interested in the sporting field."

Dan Ashworth

Studied at CWA - 1987-1989

Dan Ashworth

Elite Football Director at the FA

"I am the current Elite Football Director at the FA responsible for all elite football provision and elite football strategy in England. I also oversee the England Football Managers and was formerly Sporting and Technical Director at West Bromwich Albion Football Club. College helped me achieve the qualifications I set out to achieve which helped me move on to a career in football, as well as helping me develop a sense of independence. I loved the sport, the freedom from school and made friends that I am still in touch with."

Dan Naylor

Studied at CWA - 2005-2007

Dan Naylor

Professional Boxer

"I learnt a lot at CWA, especially about diet and nutrition and what to eat to fuel the body for exercise. I felt each lesson I was leaning and obtaining new skills, it has helped me most with my strength and speed training. I now have the knowledge and skills to prepare training sessions for fellow boxers in the gym. The variety, each lesson/day was different. It was a great mix of written and practical work. The tutors were knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they were teaching."

Danielle Durrant

Studied at CWA - 2011-2013

Danielle Durrant

Professional Kite Surfer

"College helped me gain more confidence to teach others and how to teach different people - as everybody has their own way of learning. It mde me believe that you can do anything you set your heart to. I enjoyed loads of things; meeting lots of cool people and that there was always something to laugh about, whether it be in class or in the field, playing sport!"

Dom Dwyer

Studied at CWA - 2006-2008

Dom Dwyer

Professional Footballer, MLS/Kansas City

"After leaving CWA, I went on a soccer scholarship to Tyler Texas Uni and was then accepted by South Florida Uni on a soccer scholarship. I won the MAC Hermann Trophy awarded to the nation’s best player and have broken goal-scoring records for Kansas City, won national championships and played in the MLS All Star team with Thierry Henry against Bayern Munich. I achieved my coaching qualifications and gained experience working for King's Lynn Community Football as part of my programme. The football programme was great and helped me gain my scholarship in America. I met lots of friends and enjoyed everything about college!"

Gavin Caney

Studied at CWA - 2004-2006

Gavin Caney

Sports Journalist, Eastern Daily Press

"Studying at CWA helped me get the qualifications to get into university, and helped me become more confident. I also started to build my contact of networks from the moment I started at the college. I really enjoyed the ability to evolve as an adult and be given the correct encouragement to continue studying after leaving secondary school."

Hamish Munro

Studied at CWA - 2008-2009

Hamish Munro

Strength and Conditioning Coach, FAST Sport Performance Dubai

"I am currently a Strength and Conditioning Coach for FAST Sport Performance in Dubai working with a range of individual and team athletes, ranging from amateur to professional. Previously I have interned at Norwich City Football Club, Peterborough United Football Club and was a sport scientist in China for a professional football club called Qinghai Senke. CWA provided a thorough and supportive introduction into the industry I wanted to pursue. An informative learning environment and a host of skills I have required whilst in industry thus far. Alongside each of these though was a fantastic network of people that you can reach out too – something I have found to be very important in my career so far. There were a lot of tasks I completed at college which at the time I did not see them of the upmost importance, however each and every one of them has helped me in some way. Being able to engage with a wide variety of staff from vastly differing backgrounds provided a fantastic insight into the industry, this was pivotal in deciding what I wanted to do with my career. The ability to apply everything that was being learnt in the classroom provided a holistic approach to professional development – something in this industry which cannot be underestimated - and being able to play a form of sport everyday helped too!"

Jack Friend

Studied at CWA - 2013-2014

Jack Friend

Professional Footballer, Peterborough United FC

"Attending college helped me out physically and mentally. I felt training regularly with the college team was helping me improve and college in general to mature me as a person! I enjoyed college because there is always something to do due to the excellent facilities - I felt that the tutors were great as well, and very easy to get along with, which made things relaxed!"

Dr. Lee Smith

Studied at CWA - 2002-2004

Dr. Lee Smith

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College London

"After leaving CWA, I went to Loughborough University to earn a BSc in Applied Sport Science and then an MSc in Physical Activity and Health. Next, I moved to the University of Cambridge to undertake a PhD in Physical Activity Epidemiology. I am now working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University College London, where I carry out research to understand how physical activity can be used to improve health. During my time at the College of West Anglia I gained valuable skills that I have utilised throughout my academic career. Some of the skills I gained include: how to give presentations, the ability to read and write scientific documents, the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, confidence in my own abilities to achieve goals, and many more too numerous to mention here. The greatest enjoyment I got from the college was having the opportunity to study a subject that I am truly passionate about in an environment that offered teaching at its highest standards."

Nick Rowe

Studied at CWA - 1999-2002

Nick Rowe

Physiotherapist, Ministry of Defence

"The course I studied at CWA allowed me to progress onto the MSc Physiotherapy fast-track course. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and high standard of taught lectures."

Patrick Manifold

Studied at CWA - 2003-2005

Patrick Manifold

Professional Basketball Player in Australia

"After CWA, I went on a scholarship to America attending and playing for the University of Maine at Presque Isle basketball team, winning numerous awards including All American honours for academics and athlete. I attended CWA because of the basketball academy and received high level coaching from James Bamfield. I also learned a lot about how the human body works and use that knowledge where I work in our fitness facility on campus. I enjoyed the classes and the teachers at the college; they were very personable and wanted me to succeed. I loved my time playing for the CWA basketball academy as well!"

Tom White

Studied at CWA - 2004-2006

Tom White

Soccer Coach, Bellevue University

"The knowledge, support and motivation to help me go to America and attain a Batchelor’s degree in Human Health and Performance. The learning environment and football programme were great and the quality of the football programme has helped me in my current career. Obviously the social aspect of college was amazing!"

Yaba Afful-Logotse

Studied at CWA - 2003-2005

Yaba Afful-Logotse

Fitness Manager at Tydd St Giles Golf and Country Club; Personal Trainer<

"I received a lot of support and encouragement from all my tutors. The enthusiasm from the staff was great. CWA gave me confidence and qualifications that were key to my progress; YMCA level 2 Fitness Instructor, First Aid, Work Experience in a gym and the opportunity to play in the girls football team. I really enjoyed the hands on experience that was offered. This included working with our local primary school to teach children athletics games. College was very social and I had a positive relationship with my tutors which meant I was never afraid to ask for help."