The winner of Telford College’s most prestigious end-of-year prize has thanked tutors, family and friends for pushing him to achieve his dreams of a career in the sports industry.
Anthony Bealey won the college’s 2019 Victor Ludorum award for overcoming adversity to succeed on the BTEC level two and three sports courses, run by the college in conjunction with premier league club Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
The 20-year-old, from Bridgnorth, who has dyslexia, worked hard to achieve a GCSE English
qualification during his three years, and is now off to study sports coaching at the University of South Wales.
He said: “Starting my level two sports course back in 2016, I had no idea the journey I was about to embark upon over the next three years, achieving the BTEC levels two and three sports courses, along with additional qualifications which aid my coaching.
“I would not have won this award without the help of my lecturers Mel Newbrook, Carl Hickman, Nikki Cameron-Small, Jenni Hood, Stephan Rowe, and Ashley Bowler.
“I also have to thank my tutor for three years, Jason Jones, who has moulded me as a student and given me the passion, confidence and desire to pursue my career in sport and my pathway to the university degree I will be taking part in next year.”
Anthony, who has been invited to return to Telford College on a work placement as part of his university course, said one of the best opportunities had been the chance to gain a level one FA coaching qualification, and work with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC coaches.
“My experience at Telford College has been an outstanding one, and I will be recommending this college and all of the sports courses to friends and family.
“The college has helped me grow and develop from a boy out of school with few qualifications into a man who is now ready for the next stage of life, and university.”
At the college’s end-of-year awards ceremony, Anthony was described as ‘hard working, reliable, and always on hand to help others’.
Ashley Bowler, learner manager for sport and public uniformed services at Telford College, said he was delighted with Anthony’s success.
“Anthony has been a model student in sport and is an excellent example to others of how to overcome adversity and still be successful.
“The key to Anthony’s success has been his unwavering enthusiasm to commit to extra-curricular and volunteering opportunities – these have played an integral role in preparing him for his next steps.
“I have no doubt that as a result, Anthony will go on to be extremely successful within the sporting industry.”
Anthony said: “The Victor Ludorum award is a very prestigious award that I am grateful and thankful to receive.
“I have to thank everyone around me, from my friends to my tutors, for pushing me towards the end goal of achieving my level three qualification.
“I knew I had the drive and the passion to take opportunities which my lecturers, tutor and other members of staff presented to me. I am glad to see I’ve done them proud.”