Posted on 30th November 2017 at 11:33
Earlier this month we caught up with ex-Rochdale Sacred Heart Academy (RSH) learner Harry Wilson to see how he was getting on in the big wide world, Harry completed his 1st year with RSH but at the beginning of his 2nd year he was fortunate enough to be offered a job outside of the Academy. Therefore as a recent alumni we thought it might be good to have a catch up with him and get an update on his progress so that others can see the potential paths that can be created from our academies.
Harry has previously been coaching in schools across Greater Manchester but he has now acquired a permanent position coaching in a primary school. Day-to-day his job involves teaching different classes of children sports such as basketball, hockey, netball and tennis etc. And the different skills and techniques that come with each.
Harry came to enroll at RSH after his sister came across a post from Mike Holt (academy manager at RSH) on Facebook and showed him as she felt it was something he could be interested in- looks like she was right! Harry then went along to an open day and instantly felt RSH was the perfect place for him, as he had left Hartford Hall his previous college as he felt it was stifling and unsuited to him as a very active and energetic individual. Whereas he found the vibe at RSH to be completely different to a traditional college; "it felt chilled, fun and engaging".
How his experiences at RSH prepared him for his current job
Harry stressed to us that he would never have acquired his current job without the qualification and skills gained through his experiences as a RSH academy member. To use Harry's own words; "the tutors (Mike, Ant and Matty) were great and engaging and I picked up some very valuable skills that helped me to grow in confidence. Including enhancing my social skills, leadership skills and presentation skills". As an example Harry confesses that before RSH he had only ever coached in front of 8-9 children and that with an increase to that number he found it a struggle to retain control and keep everyone focused (as I'm sure most would haha!). However at RSH he learnt to coach numbers of 20+ whilst keeping the group controlled and focused- an important learning curve for him. Harry credits this achievement to RSH ensuring learners regularly present, both as individuals and as members of a team to their fellow academy members- the environment is supportive and relaxed, providing the ideal conditions for learners to develop this skill. Harry also noted how he learnt and adapted different techniques through observing his tutors techniques, taking inspiration the techniques/styles of each coach, and as a result he is now "totally calm and confident in controlling a large class of children".
Harry has great ambitions to set up his own coaching company in Manchester, designed around his mission to "make good quality coaching affordable for the majority and not just the elite". Harry told us that through his observations he has noticed that quality coaches are "ridiculously expensive for most children" which he quite rightly feels is very unfair. Therefore, with this gap in the market spied he aims to set up his company within the next 5 years. Harry told us that he has had this idea for a couple of years, and it was developed through his time at RSH and through talking with his tutors who gave him advice and tips for how he himself could go about for setting up his own company. It's always great to hear about ex-learners ambitions and plans for the future and we are extremely proud and happy to hear that Harry is doing so well and how RSH in partnership with us here at Onside have helped him along the way in his journey.
If you feel inspired by Harry's story then you'll be excited to know that Rochdale Sacred Heart's Academy are now recruiting for their 2018/19 season! So if you are aged 16-18 and love Football, or have ambitions for a career in the sport you won't want to miss this opportunity! Call Mike Holt on 07717878382 for an informal chat or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org to express an interest.