Kick-boxing champion puts his best foot forward at TCAT

Published: July 15, 2016

Teenage kick-boxing champion Elijah Everill has found the perfect way to boost his education, without denting his international sporting ambitions.

The 18-year-old, from Muxton, has signed up for a level three BTEC Sports Studies course at Telford College of Arts and Technology.

It means the former Newport Burton Borough School pupil can attend college four days a week, while continuing to train, take part in competitions, and work part-time as a tutor at the Lee Matthews British Military Martial Arts club in Tweedale, Telford.

Elijah says:

I train every single day, twice a day, and have represented the GB Team in the World Championships and won medals three times, as well as in the European Championships where I have also won on three occasions.

So this course at TCAT is proving to be perfect for what I was looking for. I have learnt more about sports in general and it has not distracted me from my training.

During his time at TCAT, Elijah has had the chance to go into local schools to teach. He says this has helped to build his self-confidence.

The teaching staff have really helped me to develop my teaching methods. It is a brilliant environment, and this course is definitely worth doing.

The aim of the level three BTEC Sports Studies course is to provide an understanding of sports coaching, and sports in various sectors.

Tutor Jason Jones said:

Elijah is competing at a national level in kick boxing while studying with us.

He is working at a distinction level within his course work, which allows him to have time out to be able to compete in various countries such as Germany, Italy and Greece.

Elijah has also shown good leadership skills such as communication, planning, organising and presenting coaching sessions, and took a leading role with teaching at various schools.

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