Former Student relishes World Cup Opportunity

AlecA former student from SGS College has relished the opportunity of a lifetime by working with the current England squad in Brazil as a sport analyst for the World Cup. Alec Scott aged 26 from Bishopston studied at SGS College (formerly Filton College) back in 2004-2006 undertaking a BTEC National Diploma in Sport. Since then his career has gone from strength to strength and with sheer determination he has landed himself his dream job.

Alec explains his journey:

“After finishing my GCSEs I decided that I wanted to pursue a future in sport and the BTEC National Diploma at Filton College provided me with this opportunity. The course design enabled me to develop a wide and varied theoretical knowledge of sport and exercise such as anatomy, physiology, psychology and nutrition. The course also provided me with the opportunity to apply my newfound knowledge to practical scenarios such coaching sessions and peer led activities. These opportunities helped hugely in my development and gave me the belief that a future working in sport was possible.

“After finishing my BTEC in 2006 I decided to specialise my area of study even further in a sport I felt very passionate about, football. I went on to study science and football at Liverpool John Moore’s University and graduated with a first class degree. After graduating in 2010, I was offered the opportunity to work with Liverpool FC’s first team on a PhD internship for three years. During this period I worked in both the sport science and performance analysis departments at the club. These roles gave me a huge insight into the way football players are trained and conditioned, as well how to prepare teams for upcoming matches. Whilst I was at the club LFC won the Carling Cup in 2012 and were also unfortunate to lose the FA Cup final in the same year.

“At the end of my internship with Liverpool FC in 2013 I was successful in my application to work with the England Senior Football Team as an assistant performance analyst. During my first year in the role England successfully qualified for the World and I was fortunate enough to join the squad for the tournament in Brazil helping assist to prepare the team for matches and analyse training. After returning back to UK I am now in the process of writing up my PhD thesis.”​

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