Before coming to college I was a youth worker. I enjoyed working with young people and have always been passionate about sports, often finding ways to implement them into my work. I applied to college to gain professional skills and to develop as a person.
My course provided many opportunities. I volunteered with an anti-sectarian project and secured a two year placement as co-ordinator. I also worked with local primary school pupils, carrying out self-esteem and personal development classes.
In addition, I ran the College ladies football team which won silver at the Scottish Championships in 2014 and coached football in America in the summer of 2013.
I worked with a range of people and organisations which required me to use different styles of teaching and coaching.
Through dedication and hard work I achieved straight A’s for my graded units. I gained skills that I use in everyday life, met new friends and established valuable contacts. The support I received was amazing.
My knowledge and passion for sports and teaching has excelled, as has my confidence and my ability to adapt to different situations.
I’m ecstatic to have won this award. It has given me even more motivation and drive. I am now studying a Sports Development degree at the University of the West of Scotland. I plan to complete this and progress to a postgraduate teaching qualification.
Sarah’s lecturer said “Sarah’s contribution to her community has been immense and led to her being nominated for a number of college awards.
Due to her outstanding skills in time-management, presentation, organisation, communication and negotiation she became Anti-Sectarian Coordinator for Yipworld. She now delivers a high-profile Scottish Government initiative to schools across Ayrshire.
She works exceptionally hard and inspires others to raise their standards. Her community placement providers described her as an exceptional talent. Sarah has shown true leadership, creativity, spirit and professionalism. She dedicates so much time and energy to help others. She is a model student and an outstanding ambassador for the College in the Ayrshire community.”