Sports Students in World Skills Heat

The competition is heating up for a sporting trio from City of Wolverhampton College, who are preparing to put their skills to the test against the region’s finest.

Jake Twigg, aged 20, and cousins Nathan Coyne, 26, and Michael Coyne, 24, who all study Personal Training at the college, have been selected for the regional heats of the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition.

They will be aiming to shine against nine other competitors at Loughborough College on Wednesday 4 May, for the chance to go through to the semi-final at AoC Sport’s summer conference in June.

As part of the competition the students must work with a client to establish their fitness goals and plan a 12 week programme, before demonstrating one of the planned sessions in front of judges.

Student Michael said: “It’s really exciting and it’s something that will look good on my CV and help my find work.”

Jake added: “I’m looking forward to the experience.”

Curriculum Manager Dan Clarke said: “This competition is a great opportunity for our students to test their skills against their peers under the eyes of industry professionals.

“To have not one, but three competitors in these heats is a huge testament to the hard work of both our students and lecturers and a reflection of the quality of teaching on offer.”

The Fitness Trainer Competition is the only active leisure skills competition in the UK for students working towards careers in the sport and leisure industry, and is developing strong relationships with industry partners such as CIMSPA, UK Active, Active IQ and Future Fit Training.

For the very first time, this year’s final will be part of the WorldSkills UK Competition Finals at The Skills Show in November, with more than 100,000 people set to be in attendance at Birmingham’s NEC.

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