Sport and Uniformed Services team
Kate Da Costa
Head of Faculty – Sports Studies, Public Uniformed Services and Tourism
Kate returned to CRC in September 2000 after being a student on the Uniformed Services course in 1996. In between she travelled to Canada and spent time teaching and coaching high school football. She enjoyed it so much that on returning to the UK looked into both teaching and coaching as a career and managed to merge the two in working at CRC. She gained her teaching qualification and started up the coaching ladder as well as studying sports injuries and massage. She played football for West Ham Ladies F.C. from 2000-2006 and went back to coach the team in 2010 whilst studying for her UEFA A Licence which she gained in 2014 as only the 23rd female in the country to achieve the qualification.
Kate’s main specialist area is coaching and has coached at the Cambridge Girls Centre of Excellence as well as at West Ham Ladies. She is also a tutor for the FA running both Level 1 coaching courses and Emergency Aid courses. Her other specialism is sports injuries and she is the sports therapist at Soham F.C.
Programme Area Manager – Public Uniformed Services
Dale has been teaching at Cambridge Regional College since 2003. Progressing through the management structure he is now Programme Area Manager for Uniformed Services. Having spent several years serving with HM Forces and extensive experience as a Personal Trainer both Military and civilian he brings a wealth of experience and leadership to a very successful team. With a focus on adventure training and work experience opportunities within in the Services the course has made significant developments over the last 10 years.
‘I believe providing the Learners with the wider Uniformed Services experience from Survival Courses to sky diving provides development opportunities that ensure success on application to the Services. This is demonstrated by our outstanding success and transition into the Services’
Programme Area Manager – Sports Studies
Rob has been teaching at Cambridge Regional College since 2003. Progressing through the management structure he is now Programme Area Manager for Sport. Rob himself was a student at CRC and completed the Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed services. He went on to gain his teaching qualifications and a host of qualifications in coaching and fitness instruction. Rob has an extensive background in sport and has represented at both County and National level across sports such as Football, Tennis and Table Tennis, this has helped him develop the academies here at CRC. Rob has a real passion for volunteering and has set up UK based opportunities for the students here at the college as well as work abroad, raising in excess of £16,000 along the way.
‘I believe that giving learners the opportunity to change other people’s lives through volunteering will help mould their own and give them the experienced needed for whatever their next steps may be within the sport Industry or University. I am lucky to lead such a driven and motivated team and this inspires me to maintain our high standards each year’.
A former CRC student, James has been at Cambridge Regional College since 2004 as a Fitness Instructor, Lecturer and a football coach, for sport and uniformed services across levels 1-3. He achieved his qualified teacher status through Cambridge University.
Throughout his time at CRC he has completed various vocational qualifications, such as; Level 2 Football Coaching, coaching disabled footballers, instructing exercise and fitness, Level 2 gym instructors course and sports leaders internal and external verification. He has extensive coaching experiences from coaching 5-11 year olds in local schools to coaching the college football team and working with the Cambridge United FC scholarship programme.
James’ specialist area is delivering on the sports studies programme across all three levels and running fitness sessions across both the uniformed services and sports studies courses. James is still enjoying a successful semi-professional football career.
Cathy is both a lecturer and tutor in the faculty of Sport & Uniformed Services. After studying at CRC and gaining a triple distinction in Sports Studies, Cathy went on to complete the Personal Training Diploma. Starting out as a Fitness Instructor in 2006 she was soon promoted to Group Exercise Manager. She has since been a personal trainer and a manager for fitness clubs including LA Fitness and David Lloyd.
As a qualified Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist and Group Exercise Instructor, she is still incredibly active in the Health & Fitness Industry. Alongside teaching at CRC she also manages her own Personal Training business and teaches a variety of classes. She is also a trainer and assessor for a lead provider of CYQ Gym Instructor courses and is passionate about educating the next generation of fitness professionals.
Kelly comes from a professional dance & performing arts background, however started her career in the fitness industry at only 17yrs old. In 2005 won the YMCA/ACTION UK New Fitness Presenter of the year, since then she has been presenting at some of the biggest fitness conventions both here in the UK and abroad. She has also delivered Fitness Courses for the UK Army out in Germany to train up the PTI’s with industry based qualifications.
Kelly has been a part time tutor and lecturer here at Cambridge Regional College since 2007 and looks after the Fitness Pathway on Sport Studies, She & delivers the CYQ Level 2 Gym Course and Level 3 Personal Trainer. Kelly qualified as a teacher through Cambridge University and is a qualified Assessor and Internal Verifier.
Kelly also creates the choreography for Groove FX which is a pre-choreographed dance programme through Fitness FX training, she runs her own community fitness business, owns Kick Start Fat Loss Cambridge and is a NIKE Sponsored trainer. Kelly’s motto – ‘ Do what you love and love what you do!’
Nicola has been working as a Lecturer, tutor and assessor at Cambridge Regional College since 2008. She specialises in CYQ qualifications and delivers both CYQ Gym Instructor and CYQ Personal Training Diploma as well as teaching on BTEC Sport Level 1, 2, 3 and HNC.
Nicola has been working within the fitness industry since 2006. She has experience working as a gym instructor, personal trainer and teaching a variety of fitness classes such as Pilates, spin, aerobics, conditioning, Zumba and circuits. Nicola has worked within major fitness clubs as well as setting up her own community classes and delivering PT to clients in the community. Nicola still works within the fitness industry teaching exercise classes on a weekly basis. Since 2009 Nicola has worked with lead fitness training providers to develop, train and assess CYQ qualifications. She loves working in the fitness industry and teaching and developing new instructors.
Peter worked for 8 years on the management team at a thriving leisure centre. He combined his job with his passion for teaching with the Army Cadet Force running a successful detachment and holds the position of County Sports Officer. Peter has been teaching at CRC since 2006 and teaches across all levels, specialising in sport and uniformed services. Since leaving the leisure industry he has completed a range of qualifications including, teacher training at Cambridge University, Level 2 Gym Instructor and he has furthered his CPD by completing a range of qualifications through the military system to keep him current and up to date.
Peter’s main hobby and passion is squash and he has represented at National Level as well as representing Ely Squash and Leisure at number one in the first team. He also coaches a boys under 9s football team and runs one of the largest detachments in the Country for the Army cadets here at CRC.
Nat, a former student of Cambridge Regional College, where he studied AVCE leisure and recreation back in 2000, has been a lecturer of BTEC Sport and Uniformed services at CRC since 2007, delivering across levels 1-5. His higher academic qualifications include a BSc Sport and Exercise Science Degree (2:1 with Hons) from the University of Northampton, and he qualified as a teacher through Cambridge University. Nat has a range of vocational qualifications and experience, such as Level 2 Gym Instructor, and Level 3 CYQ Assessor where he has worked in industry training and assessing would be fitness instructors. He also has extensive and recent coaching experience and qualifications across a number of sports including football (Level 1 Coach) basketball (Level 2 Coach) and Level 1 American Football Coach (Anglia Ruskin University). Nat’s specialist area is delivering BTEC sport across levels 3-5, as well as coaching the men’s basketball team to 2 league trophies in 5 years and freelance tutoring/assessing level 2 gym qualifications for a private company in industry. Nat has represented Great Britain in American football and played at the highest domestic level, the British American Football Association Premiership division”.
Neil has been lecturing on the Sports Studies and Uniformed Services courses since 2008. Neil’s career in sport started as a sports coach, working in schools and clubs for children of all ages and abilities. During this time Neil also worked as a Primary School PE Teacher. In 2005 Neil’s specialism in football coaching led him into the roles of Community Coach and then Football Development Officer for Cambridgeshire Football Association. Together with these roles Neil also coached in footballing centres of excellence and development centres for elite level players. Neil also had a successful semi-professional football career where he played for over ten years at Histon Football Club. Neil captained Histon FC during their rise through the non-league football pyramid and his time at the club finished with them operating in the fifth tier of English football. Neil’s specialist area is in Sports coaching where he puts his UEFA B coaching licence to good use. He coaches the college football team that play in the British Colleges league. He also is a FA Coach Educator and runs the Level 1 football coaching certificate each year for CRC students, as well as helping The Football Association deliver coach education in the eastern region.
Lecturer at CRC since September 2014. A university graduate with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science. She holds a Graduate Diploma from the ‘Leadership Development and Assessment Course’, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Washington, USA. She has accomplished the RMAS Military Leadership Development Programmes levels 1-3 (Equivalent to CMI Level 5 in Management and Leadership) through the Cambridge University Officers Training Corps. Specialist areas include exercise physiology and sport psychology. She is currently working as an OCdt Instructor at Cambridge University Officers Training Corps.
After successfully completing his sports qualification here at Cambridge Regional College, Andrew returned to the college as an Instructor in 2006. In 2009 Andrew gained his qualified teacher status and became a lecturer. Specialising in Sport and Uniformed Services, Andrew has experience of teaching and assessing at all levels as well as being a successful personal tutor and faculty tutorial advisor.
Andrew is also a qualified football coach and has been heavily involved in the organisation of college football, community grass roots football and coaching within the youth system at Cambridge United Football Club.
A lecturer of the Sports Faculty who delivers across levels 1 -5 of BTEC. He studied an undergrad BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Nottingham Trent University and graduated with a (2:1 Hons).
This degree gave him a vested interest in the biomechanics of the human body, and led to studying his post grad Masters in Sports Biomechanics of Loughborough University.
Vocationally he has obtained a Level 3 Personal Trainer and Assessors qualification. He still is part of a company who are one of the fitness industry leaders in delivering courses to qualify the future generation of fitness instructors and personal trainers. Being a part of this industry means he is able to apply the underlying theory to the delivery of the topics and relate it directly to the vocational application of the subject.
Lecturer & Excellence coach
Phill has been teaching on Sport and Uniformed Services since 2002. He is currently the lead tutor for the Police Academy group which runs alongside the Uniformed Services BTEC. His role is also to develop teaching and learning across the college as one of our Excellence Coaches, with a keen interest in technology and its use in the workplace. Phill was a student at CRC in 1998 and completed the Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Services. He went on to gain his teaching and fitness qualifications, mentoring and assessors awards through CRC. Phill enjoys the outdoor aspects of the programme and units that cover government policies and aspects of the legal system.
‘I never thought I would pursue a career in teaching but since starting back in 2002 I have never looked back. I am extremely lucky to work with such a great team where there is always a fantastic atmosphere. Every day brings a new challenge and the students are great to teach due to their motivation and keenness to learn.’
Sports Development Officer
Sarah has been at CRC since 2012 and is the College Sports Development Officer. She holds a degree in Physical Education and Maths with qualified teacher status from University of Warwick. She spent 20 years teaching PE in Secondary Schools in the UK and Singapore, 5 as a Pastoral Head.
Sarah was a member of the England Freestyle Ski Squad for 5 years, competing for Great Britain in Europa Cups in Ladies Aerials. She held the National Development Role as a volunteer, and was a Tutor in Aerials for Snowsports England. Sarah has numerous coaching and fitness qualifications and has run her own swimming school for 12 years.
Katie has been working at CRC since May 2006, showing good versatility in a variety of roles including lecturer, tutor, NVQ and CYQ assessor, and Internal Verifier. She holds a BA (Hons) in Leisure Studies as well as a PGCE, alongside many vocational qualifications such as CYQ Gym Instructor, Exercise to Music, Body Pump, Aqua, Groove FX and Synergise.
Katie’s has worked within the fitness industry for nearly 20 years in private gyms, a local authority centre and in universities. Katie enjoys teaching across both Sports Studies and Uniformed Services.
Katie began by assessing NVQ programmes when she was still a Group Fitness Coordinator and Fitness Instructor, and this then lead to a teaching position which once she began, realised it was what she had wanted to do because of her passion for learning, sharing her knowledge, and working with young people. “I am lucky to work with an awesome and inspiring team of people and I love my job”.
Head Coach – CUFC shadow scholarship
Jakes main role at the college is to oversee the player development for the Cambridge United Football Club, Shadow Scholarship Scheme. The scholarship has been going since 2012 and he is delighted with the progress that has been made. On the field the team won the British College League in their second season and also won the regional Futsal finals to ensure qualification for the national final. Many of his past players have been given the opportunity to pursue a career in playing or coaching for CUFC and other professional/ semi-professional clubs.
Jake has been coaching football for 10 Years. He started working in Soccer Schools in Peterborough, whilst working part time at Histon FC Academy. Jake was very fortunate to work with some fantastic players and people during his time there and a number of those players are now at Premiership and Championship clubs. In 2010 Jake was offered the chance to work for Cambridge United on a full time basis. Jake works with the Academy U9s, Shadow Squad U7s to U16s and coaches one of the Development Centre’s in Peterborough. He also works under the Head of Academy Recruitment to assist in helping to recruit the best players possible for all levels. Jake holds his 2 Coaching badges and will soon have his final assessment for his UEFA B coaching licence. He also holds The FA Youth Awards at Level 1, 2 and 3.
Russ served as a Regular Soldier for 26 years prior to becoming a qualified teacher. During his career, Russ served operationally in numerous overseas locations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, Macedonia, Cyprus, Rwanda and Belize. He also spent time in many other counties including Brunei, Poland and the United States to name a few. Russ’s specialist area was as a Military Parachutist and during his career he progressed through the ranks to become a Warrant Officer Class 1, the highest rank achievable when enlisting as a Soldier. This provided him with a huge amount of qualifications and vocational experience relevant to his current specialist teaching area. Since leaving the Army in early 2011 he has worked at Cambridge Regional College as a lecturer and is also an instructor at Cambridge University Officer Training Corps which maintains his vocationally current. He is also an Adult Volunteer with Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force and helps run the CRC Cadet Detachment.
Russ specialises in teaching Public Services but also holds a number of Sport and Fitness related qualifications which makes him a capable Sports Studies lecturer. He has experience of teaching at all levels including Level 4 as well as being a successful personal tutor numerous tutorial groups.
Russ is also a keen Cyclist and has taken part in a number of long distance events both with and outside Cambridge Regional College and has helped raise money for a number of Public Service related charities.
Lucy is reasonably new to the team having started teaching in 2013. She teaches across the board of Sport and Uniformed Services as well as coaching the college girl’s football team. She found her love for teaching through working in the United States where she coached football for an academy team linked with Chicago Fire.
Her involvement with Cambridge United is significant as she is manager of the Girl’s Centre of Excellence. As well as coaching she also currently plays football for Ipswich Town Ladies who are in the 2nd level of the women’s football pyramid. Lucy is also in the process of completing her UEFA B Licence in Coaching Football. This to her would be a massive achievement and would set her a solid platform to continue to build on.
Tom has been teaching on Sport and Uniformed services since 2004. He is currently the lead tutor for the Cambridge United Shadow Scholarship which runs alongside the Sports Studies BTEC. Tom himself was a student at CRC and completed the level 3 Diploma in Sport Studies. He went on to gain his teaching qualifications, his fitness instructor certificates and his coaching badges all through CRC. Tom is a keen footballer and plays regularly on a Saturday for Eaton Socon FC in the Kershaw Premier League.
“Teaching was something I always wanted to do growing up and going to CRC gave me that opportunity. I love my job because of all the different challenges it gives me each day. The students are inspiring to teach and I am lucky because I work with a great team.”
Tracey has been part of the Public Service and Sports Faculty since 2007. Previous to joining the Faculty she was an assessor in industry. During her time with the Faculty, she has further developed her knowledge and skills by completing a number of teaching and support qualifications. These include completion of her Qualified Teacher Status, as well as qualifications for both personal and group support.
Throughout her time, Tracey has taught both Maths and ICT to students on levels 1-3 of both Sports and Uniformed Service programmes. Tracey has worked with a wide range of learners with a number of different learning barriers and/or difficulties. These include Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Asperger’s, Mental Health Issues and learners with low self-esteem.
Working within the Sports Faculty has allowed Tracey to continue to pursue her love of outdoor activities, including canoeing. This year she hopes to add paddle boarding to her repertoire.
An inspiring lecturer who motivates sport and public services students, with her passion for the health benefits of physical fitness and expedition skills. As a graduate of Cambridge Regional College in 2010 she has spent the last four years successfully working within the Fitness Industry. She has worked for a range of fitness based employers as a: Personal Trainer; Class and Activity Based Instructor and a Tutor and Assessor for level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualifications. Consequently her vocational expertise is at the cutting edge, helping students to understand and attain the required skills, personal attributes and qualifications to gain employment within the industry. This is her passion to inspire learners and develop them to see how their qualifications at CRC can help them achieve their life goals. Personally she has also had a high level of fitness, competing in triathlons and expeditions across a variety of landscapes and her main aim is to help students reach their potential.
After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with a 2:1 in Sports Studies, Jo completed a PGCE at Greenwich University and has been teaching sport at Cambridge Regional College since 2002.
Specialising in Sports Studies, Jo has experienced of teaching at all levels as well as being a successful personal tutor to over 20 different tutorial groups. Jo is also a qualified mentor and has been heavily involved in mentoring new staff within the faculty, and a behaviour management specialist, having trained with Pivotal Education.
Katie has been lecturing at CRC since September 2005, although she had a 2 year break gaining valuable experience in Australia and New Zealand, as well as working in many areas of the industry. She has also worked at a summer camp for 2 seasons in the US, teaching children swimming, windsurfing and water skiing. After studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Studies and gaining her Level 2 Gym Instructors qualification at CRC, she took the opportunity to get into teaching. Katie has also taught and assessed on the CYQ Level 2 Gym Instructor course for the past 4 years.
Since the age of 17 Katie has coached netball to all ages, from primary schools to currently coaching the CRC netball team and an adult team in her spare time. She is a level 1 qualified netball coach and a C award umpire and also plays Netball for Bishops Stortford, training and playing 3 times a week.
‘I am incredibly lucky to be able to teach across subjects that I am passionate about, as well as work with a variety of learners, tutoring and lecturing across sport and uniformed services and all 3 levels that we have to offer in our faculty’
Stuart served 14 years in the Royal Engineers reaching the rank of sergeant. During active service he completed numerous tours around the world including Northern Ireland and Kenya. During these tours he worked for the Joint Counter Terrorist Training and Advisory Team. Also throughout his service Stuart represented the army at various levels in boxing, cycling, cross country and snowboarding.
Stuart teaches across all levels, specialising in uniform services. Since leaving the army he has completed a range of qualifications including, qualified teacher status, Level 2 Gym Instructors and Level 3 Personal Training to name just a few.
Stuart’s main hobby and passion is cycling and in the last 4 years he has established a successful cycling team here at CRC. The team has completed a number of charity rides including cycling from Lands’ End to Cambridge in 27hrs non-stop and Cambridge to Paris within 72 hours. These events raised over £5000 for service charities.
Having taught at CRC since 2002, Chris’s vocational background covers the fitness, security and sports coaching industries. He has worked in the fitness industry for over 15 years with a wide range of clients on both an individual and group basis in a number of facilities around the Cambridgeshire area. He is currently undertaking comprehensive industry training at Peak Physique and Fitness in Hitchin. He has also worked as a trainer/assessor for a nationwide fitness training company. His main areas of expertise are strength and conditioning, mass building and nutrition, although he has experience and qualifications in other areas too.
He has previously worked in the security industry working with many high profile clients as a Close Protection Operative (or bodyguard as most people know it) and was a nightclub doorman for over 10 years. Chris was proprietor of a sports coaching company providing sports and fitness coaching to a host of schools in Cambridgeshire and is qualified to coach many different sports.
He was fortunate enough to be personally trained by a Kung Fu Grandmaster to a high level and is currently being coached by a multiple bodybuilding champion in order to enter competition bodybuilding in the next 2 years.
Words to live by – “ Imagine what we would attempt if we knew we couldn’t fail”