The College of West Anglia

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

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Our Partners and Staff

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.

We also 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.

 
  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.

 

Robbie Ferri

Level 3 Sport (Personal Training)

Before studying, Robbie gave up his desk job in recruitment to pursue his passion, cycling. Having only took up the sport less than five years ago, he signed up for a series of competitions around the world, as part of the Bikingman series. He raced all over the world from Oman and Corsica to Peru and Taiwan.

To date, Robbie has broken two Guinness World Records. In 2016, and while attempting to break another record, he broke the record for the most countries cycled through in 24 hours. Robbie pedalled his way through five countries in total, to beat the previous world record of four countries.

Later that year, Robbie also broke the world record for the most countries cycled in seven days, cycling through a record-breaking 12 countries. In August 2018, Robbie went on to break the same record, by pedalling his way through 15 countries in seven days. He rode for around 18 hours a day, covering an average of 220 miles.

He said: ‘Breaking a world record is fantastic, but the things I’ll take away from it the most are all the incredible memories and that if you fail to do something then don’t give up, try again.”

Robbie is now working towards gaining his level 3 qualification in personal training at the college alongside working at Hero's Gym as a spin instructor.

“The teaching staff have been incredibly supportive, as well as encouraging me to excel academically and push me to achieve more.”

He hopes to take this winter out to focus on his studies and spend some time with his friends and family, but he has big plans for the future.

“I want to be a personal trainer, but I also want to take people on my journey, too. What I do, anyone can do, if you apply yourself and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.”

Georgie Lingham

Sport - Personal Training

Georgie is currently studying Level 3 Personal Training at CWA, having previously completed courses in uniformed services and fitness instruction.

“I have always been interested in the fitness side of sport and want to become a personal trainer so that I can help others. CWA was my first choice for further education as I knew that the campus facilities were excellent.”

Georgie has always been an avid rugby player. In 2017, she was recognised as the Eastern Counties women’s rugby team Player of the Year, and has since become a member of Saracens Women’s Rugby club. She said: “The college helped me to achieve something I really enjoy and have a future with.”