Degree launches Aimee on a career in sport and exercise

"As soon as I arrived at Staffs I noticed the positive character of the university staff and how much they support you in getting into practice straight away. It was important to me that they gave you one-on-one support."

Aimee Smith, BA(Hons) Sports Development and Coaching

Switching university in the first year of her degree has helped graduate Aimee Smith fulfil her ambitions – a career in Sport and Exercise.

Aimee contacted Staffordshire University to transfer on to the BA(Hons) Sports Development and Coaching course after struggling to adapt to her surroundings in Sheffield, and the benefits soon stacked up.

Aimee, from Silverdale in Stoke-on-Trent, said: "As soon as I arrived at Staffs I noticed the positive character of the university staff and how much they support you in getting into practice straight away. It was important to me that they gave you one-on-one support."

Now, Aimee helps others maintain a healthy lifestyle working as a personal trainer at Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing in Stoke-on-Trent.

She added: "My aim is to get people fit and active. I assess the health and fitness levels of people as well as tutoring on a range of classes and perform lifeguard duties at the complex.

"The sports psychology part of the degree has really helped me in my role as you have to get in people’s mind to get them to want to get fit because a lot of the time they do not have the right mentality to do it."

As someone who suffers with dyslexia, Aimee says the support and guidance she received from Staffs helped her with progression on the course, and advises that no person should be put off from attending university.

She said: "I’ve always struggled with the paperwork side of things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your ambitions, it hasn’t stopped me."

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