Student success


Will KitchingWill kitching

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence

Former Henley-in-Arden sports student Will Kitching is looking towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games after winning his first Badminton England Gold tournament.

Will won the British Colleges Sport mixed doubles title with Rosie Marlow while at Henley-in-Arden College and has continued his successful playing career at the University of Worcester, where he is now studying for a degree in Sports Coaching Science.

Will is a Gold level scholar on the University of Worcester’s Sports Scholarship programme for elite athletes. As well as financial assistance, the scholarship gives Will access to individual Strength & Conditioning sessions, fitness testing, sports therapy, nutrition & lifestyle workshops, sports psychology, performance anaylsis and High Performance Student Athlete Mentors.



Kate Ingles - CYQ Fitness Instructor WinnerKate ingles

Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma

Henley-in-Arden College fitness student Kate Ingles won the national CYQ Gym Instructor Competition at St George’s Park, the new FA National Football Centre.

The competition, delivered in collaboration with British Colleges Sport (BCS) with sponsorship from Technogym, celebrates the excellence of fitness instructors and personal trainers educated by training providers across the UK.

Mum of three Kate, 37, from Southam, competed in the final after winning the West Midlands regional heat. For the final, Kate had to design and teach a 30 minute gym induction to meet a client’s needs, in front of two judges – and was marked on a series of criteria, receiving top marks throughout.

She said, “I was absolutely gobsmacked when I found out I had won – it was so tense waiting to hear the results but when I heard my name called I couldn’t believe it!

“I’d been a stay-at-home mum looking after my three children, but when my youngest started school I wanted to get back into the workplace. Previously I’d worked in insurance, but didn’t want another office job. I’d always enjoyed running and competed in a few races, and enjoyed teaching which I’d done through Riding for the Disabled, so thought personal training would be a good move, and something which I could fit around my family life.

“I hadn’t really considered what I was going to do after completing the course, but this success has really made me think about setting up on my own and becoming self-employed."