Sports Development Officer at Hull City Council
Andy joined Wilberforce in 2001 after completing a year on an apprenticeship and realising it wasn’t for him. After completeing his degree, Andy is now a Sports Development Officer at Hull City Council.
Studied at Wilberforce: 2001 – 2003
WHAT DID YOU STUDY WHILE AT WILBERFORCE AND WHAT WERE YOUR RESULTS?
I achieved a C in PE and IT, and a D in Business Studies.
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE WILBERFORCE COLLEGE AS YOUR NEXT STEP?
There were a few reasons – it had a good reputation, was local, and my friends went there
FONDEST MEMORY OF COLLEGE?
The friends I made, getting A Level results and the freedom compared to school!
DID YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CAREER IN MIND OR WAS IT AN IDEA THAT EVOLVED FROM COLLEGE?
It evolved from taking PE at college – I had taken on an apprenticeship after leaving school, but decided this wasn’t for me and enrolled at college twelve months later.
WHAT DID YOU DO AFTER COLLEGE?
I went to York St. John University to study Sports Studies with Management, left university and took on a job with a small sports project in Hull after volunteering with them. After 18 months, I moved to Newcastle to take up a role as Football Outreach Worker with NACRO, setting up activities for young people to keep them occupied and out of trouble. I returned to Hull a year later to take up a job with the Positive Futures project at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, working with ‘at risk’ young people who were involved with the police/drink/drugs and getting them involved in sport. In my current role as Sports Development Officer with Hull City Council, I work with the British Heart Foundations ‘Hearty Lives Hull’ initiative which encourages adults to become more active and lead a healthier lifestyle.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS TIME, CAREER WISE?
Hopefully working for a National Governing Body in sport such as the Rugby Football League (RFL) or working at a professional rugby league or football club in their community team. I would at some point like to go back to working with young people who are involved with the police, underage drinking, etc. as I did on the Positive Futures project.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND WILBERFORCE TO OTHER STUDENTS, AND WHY?
Definitely – gave me the confidence and qualifications to progress on to university and gain a job that I love doing!
WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION?
Anyone who has influenced my career and knowledge of coaching sport, there have been so many along the way!