Former student Tristram Adams studied the 18-unit Sport National Diploma at Long Road. “I came to Long Road specifically to take this course,” he explains. “It was the best place to come to.”
After Long Road Tristram took a gap year, working at Camp America (which he has continued to do during the summer) travelling around the United States and Australia and then returning to Britain to work as a golf and swimming coach.
“I then started my BSc(Hons) in Sport Coaching at The University of Wales in Cardiff (UWIC – now called Cardiff Metropolitan). I am in my final year and am on target to get a First – I just need to complete my dissertation. This was on the inclusion of people with special needs in sporting activities and the barriers they face. I have carried out a lot of research into this including interviewing teachers and coaches. I first become interested in the subject during a coaching placement in a school for children with special needs.”
Tristram is hoping to go on with his studies into this area by taking an MSc in Sport Coaching for People with Special Needs. “However, I am planning to spend a year after my first degree working on different projects. The first one is based in Zambia and is run by Street Life Africa. Six British universities take part in this particular project, selecting four or five students each. “I was really pleased to get a place – there were 54 applicants from UWIC. One thing in my favour was the amount of volunteering I have done – 1000 hours. I can’t recommend it enough – as well as helping to involve people in sport, it is also an excellent way to gain additional qualifications, boost your personal statement and open doors to a whole range of employment opportunities.”
The project involves coaching children at a drop-in centre. “These are street children, explains Tristram. “When they come to the centre they receive food and clean clothes as well as advice about HIV and about women’s rights. What we do is provide sporting activities to help introduce fun, exercise and a temporary escape from the hardships they face. The four of us from UMIC have to raise £8,000: £1,000 each and then £4,000 between us to take part.”
After this, Tristram is taking part in a sponsored cycle rise in Zambia to raise money for the charities EDUSport and Sport in Action. “The aim is to raise money to teach Zambian children to swim. This isn’t just for fun – every year children drown when they fall into rivers and lakes. There are some amazing athletes taking part: Ros Davenport and Rebecca Addlington for example. I am waiting to hear if I get a place on the cycling team itself, but will be very happy to be member of the support team.”
Sport National Diploma Course Team Leader Lynne Little says: “We were delighted when Tristram came back to the college to talk to our current Sport students. Not only is he an inspiration to us all, but he also put across the importance of taking part in coaching and volunteering opportunities. We are very much looking forward to hearing how he gets on in Zambia and on his MSc.”