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.
Studied at CWA - 2010-2012
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!"
Studied at CWA - 2007-2010
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."
Studied at CWA - 1999-2001
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."
Studied at CWA - 1987-1989
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."
Studied at CWA - 2005-2007
"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."
Studied at CWA - 2011-2013
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!"
Studied at CWA - 2006-2008
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!"
Studied at CWA - 2004-2006
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."
Studied at CWA - 2008-2009
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!"
Studied at CWA - 2013-2014
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
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."
Studied at CWA - 1999-2002
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."
Studied at CWA - 2003-2005
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!"
Studied at CWA - 2004-2006
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!"
Studied at CWA - 2003-2005
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."