The Sport, Leisure and Public Services Curriculum Area is a strong department within the college and has a highly committed team of 9 staff who have a vast array of experience both within education and the Public Services and Leisure industry. Both Public Services and Sport offer BTEC qualifications, at levels 2 and 3. These courses use a mixture of theoretical and practical approaches. All BTEC Sport students also complete the CSLA course as part of their BTEC.
Liaison and enrichment opportunities are an integral part of this curriculum area, with excellent links established with local feeder schools, the Gosport School Sport Partnership and the uniformed services. Trips, visits and helping run local sports festivals play an important part of enhancing the students’ experience. The resources for the BTEC Sport and Public Services courses are excellent, and include 3 sports hall spaces, an ATP, netball courts, football pitches and a newly-refurbished fitness suite, new sport-based IT rooms and an 85sqm climbing wall. We have a strong commitment to the use of interactive IT and therefore we make good use of Moodle, IPads and an Apple TV in our lessons.
All staff are encouraged to participate in regular training updates and attend local curriculum network groups, both at pre- and post-16 to share good practice and keep abreast of changes in specialisms. We have excellent links with our feeder schools and regularly go into the schools to help deliver some of their BTEC Sport programme.
St Vincent College has a Sports Academy, focusing on Football and Basketball, and there are also teams for badminton, ultimate Frisbee, netball and mixed hockey. We also have a College Sports Maker who helps promote cross-college participation within sport and this has led to various lunchtime and after college activities being set up, including a table tennis league, Team 19 football, No Strings badminton and Zumba.
We have recently become a 1st4sport centre and currently offer a L1 Football Referee’s course to our sports students and we are looking to develop this further with other L1 coaching qualifications. In September 2013 we will be running a L1 Fitness Instructors course as part of our Y2 BTEC Sport provision and we are in the process of investigating HNC/HNDs and L2 Fitness Instructors for Y3 students.