South Tyneside College on lookout for fitness industry students

Rob Grainey with student Megan Goodlad.
Rob Grainey with student Megan Goodlad.

Budding fitness instructors and sports coaches are being offered the chance to get their careers in the best possible shape at South Tyneside College.

A partnership between South Tyneside College and South Tyneside Council has led to the Leisure and Sports Opportunities Programme Level 2 - giving participants essential skills to work in the leisure sector.

Over a full academic year, it covers practical and theoretical skills, including first aid, safeguarding, fitness instruction and other related subjects to people aged 16 and over.

The course is taking enrolments now open for a September start.

Rob Grainey, head of curriculum and performance – lifestyle at South Tyneside College, said: “The first year of the programme proved a great success.

“It’s very pleasing that all the students who completed the course have gained the qualification that they worked so hard for.

“They learnt important sports and leisure skills and gained a clear opening to further qualifications and to employment.

“The programme is up and running again and there is still time and opportunity for people who want to work in the leisure industry, to get onboard.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “We were pleased to be able to support the students last year and would encourage others interested in the leisure and sports field to take up the opportunity to enrol for next term.”

For further information, call the college’s student services department on 0191 427 3900 or go to