Sports student uses course skills to enter the industry

South Essex

A Football Academy student from South Essex College is already breaking into the competitive industry by coaching at Thurrock club, Essex Comets.

First year student, Hakeem Lewis-Harrison studies the Level 3 course during the week at the College’s Grays Campus and trains the under-15 Comets team at the weekend.

Hakeem, 17, from Tilbury, holds the training sessions for the players. He said: “I plan and run drills for the team that I have adapted from the ones we do at College. This course has definitely given me the skills to take on this position. The unit we study in sport coaching really helped me prepare for this role with the Comets.”

He added: “I want to carry on with football coaching after College or maybe become a physio. The Comets could keep me on full-time after I complete my course but I would need to further my knowledge by getting my coaching badges.

“I would 100 per cent recommend this course to anyone interested in football or sport in general. If you want to work in the industry in the future, then this course gives you the experience to do so.”

Hakeem plays up-front for the Thurrock College team, he’s currently top scorer for the season with 15 goals in 12 matches.

The Thurrock squad are currently two points clear at the top of their Essex College League and about to play a semi-final cup game in February against Swayne Park. Hakeem said: “We could potentially get into the cup final. I’m confident about the match, I know we’re going to win!”

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