Amy Worlock enrolled at Bristol Rovers Community College back in September 2022, and now as a second-year student she continues to thrive on and off the pitch! Amy shares her views and experiences on life at Bristol Rovers Community College so far, and it’s positively impacted her life.
I didn’t really enjoy school. The classes were too large, and I didn’t feel like I got the support that I needed. At school there were usually 30 or more students in a class, and it would be manic and loud. I personally struggled with English, so being in an environment where the teacher couldn’t come and help, was really difficult.
I found out about the BTEC course at Bristol Rovers Community College through some friends of mine who took part in the Premier League Kicks sessions at Lockleaze Sports Centre, so I decided to sign-up for the next ‘Open Evening’. Once I was there, I knew that this would be the right place for me. I wanted to get involved with something I enjoyed and do it on a day-to-day basis. And as a Bristol Rovers fan, it was a no-brainer.
Our schedule is split throughout the week with training sessions in the morning and classes in the afternoon, with competitive matches on a Wednesday. The sessions are led by UEFA Qualified Coaches and the standard is really high. I’ve certainly felt that I’ve developed my game and my fitness.
On match-days I get to represent the club I love in an EFL National League, where we get to play against teams such as Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City to name a few. It really means a lot for me to play in the blue & white quarters and represent the club and the college.
The Tutors at Bristol Rovers Community College are so much better than the teachers I had at school. They’re far more engaging and I get so much more support than I’ve had previously. They treat us like adults and ensure that we’re on track with our assignments.
We’re also able to gain valuable work experience, whether it’s with the club or the Community Trust. Since I started at the College, I’ve been able to support some of the Community Trust staff at some of the Primary School sessions that they deliver, which I really enjoyed, and this could be a route that I’d like to explore further in the future.
I definitely feel like this is the best decision I’ve made, and I feel as though I’ve thrived in the environment that the College promotes. It’s far more relaxed than school but because I’m enjoying the work that I’m doing, I’m achieving my goals. I would 100% recommend Bristol Rovers Community College to anyone who’s interested in pursuing a career in sport.
For more information about our upcoming open evenings, open trials and to download a prospectus, please visit www.bristolroverscommunity.org.uk/college