From Students to Staff: Luke & Luke

Both Luke McNaughton and Luke Davison came to Blackpool FC Sports College to study a BTEC Sports Course Level 2 straight from school. After successfully completing their courses, they chose to progress onto the Level 3 programme.

Both Luke and Luke went from strength to strength, pushing themselves to exceed their target grades and take every volunteering opportunity offered to them.

Whilst studying with Blackpool FC Sports College, they completed NCS, took part in extracurricular activities such as foot golf and Luke M even represented the North West England All-stars in futsal.

After completing the BTEC course both learners enrolled onto the degree course within Blackpool FC Sports College, both finishing their studies with a BSc Sports Coaching and Development qualification.

Fast forward two years, and both of them now have a full-time position within the Trust. Luke D has taken on the role of Community Youth Sports Officer within the Community Programmes department and Luke M as a Sports Development Officer within the Early Years and Primary department.

Caroline, Blackpool FC Sports College Manager said,

“It’s great to have both lads on board and to work alongside them. They have developed so much from when they first came to us at the age of 16 on the BTEC course and have so much to offer, supporting our local community. They are a credit to the college and should be proud of themselves.”

Luke D, Sports Development Officer said, 

“After I graduated from the degree course, I secured a full time job within the Community Trust as a Sports Development Officer. I felt I was able to ease into the role as I had the knowledge and experience from previous years, I knew the staff and understood how a professional organisation in the industry works.

“I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in placements within the BTEC courses as it has expanded my personal experience to gain knowledge and education which I can know use to my ability in my job as a Sports Development Officer.”

Luke M, Community Youth Sports Officer added,

“I want to thank BFCCT for giving me so many opportunities. They provided me with a pathway into the sporting industry, something I always wanted. After my education I was offered a part time role within the Premier League Kicks Team. This position gave me the chance to up-skill myself and develop as coach.

Recently I have progressed into full-time work within the Premier League Kicks Team. I coordinate free football sessions for young people in Blackpool and build relationships in order to steer them away from participating in anti-social behaviour.”