Why did you choose Reigate College?

I liked the courses on offer. I find exams hard so being able to take coursework based BTECs rather than have everything rest on final exams really appealed.

The College also has a great reputation for Sport with lots of opportunities to play Hockey competitively.

How are you finding it here?

There’s such a friendly atmosphere so it’s been easy to make friends. I’m also really enjoying the content of my courses, especially the more practical elements. Being able to do a BTEC Diploma in Sport has been a great opportunity and has meant I can really focus on what I most enjoy.

How did you first get into playing Hockey?

A friend invited me along to a training session at Reigate Priory Hockey Club when I was around seven or eight and I immediately really loved the sport. I’ve been playing ever since.

What do you most enjoy about the sport?

I like the fact it’s fast paced so there’s always lots going on and also the sense of achievement you get from playing well.

What level do you play at?

I competed at county level in the U14s to U17s. I now play for the Wimbledon Men’s third team in the London Premier Division and for the Old Loughts U18s in the Premier Division. I’ve also got through to the final trials for the Men’s Colleges GB Hockey Squad.

Are you involved in Hockey at College?

I play as a striker in the Mixed Hockey team as well as in a separate Men’s team for some matches. I really enjoy it – Wendy [Russell] is a brilliant coach and has done a lot with the team. It’s also a great way to take a break from studying and get to know more people around the College.

How do you fit your training around College work?

I train three times a week so I have to be organised in my College work. I make use of the Independent Learning Centre in my free periods and I’ve also really valued the support from my teachers in helping manage my workload.

Do you plan to carry on playing Hockey long term?

Definitely! I’d like to see how far I can go with it.

Jonny, 2019

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