An inspirational Telford College student who has transformed his own life says he is now determined to help others do the same.
Beau Williams, from Malinslee, was unhappy with his weight during his time at Telford Langley School.
When he reached his heaviest – weighing just over 20 stone – he made a promise to himself to start getting healthier. And that’s precisely what he has done…
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“My brother helped by encouraging me to sign up for a gym membership, and he helped me to start losing the weight and I could see the benefits of being healthier,” said 19-year-old Beau.
“I was on a mission, and as the weight continued to fall off, my confidence was really starting to rise.”
Beau was 12 stone when he joined Telford College, and was determined to maintain that weight and his healthy lifestyle.
“I initially joined a level two sport course and re-sat my maths exams, and this was the point I decided to follow a career in personal training,” he said.
Beau is now on a level three sport course at college, has achieved his maths qualification and is working in the fitness suite at the Holiday Inn in Telford.
He’s also a regular member at Pure Gym, and says his Telford College lecturer Mel Newbrook has been an incredible support throughout his journey.
“I know I want to work in the fitness industry, and I am completing my personal training level two and level three qualifications, with the aim of owning my own gym one day.
“It’s a long journey but I’d love to help someone through the same experience as I have had.
“I’d really recommend the sports and fitness courses at Telford College – my lecturer Mel has always helped me measure my own performance and has helped me to maintain my body weight and fitness.
“I love the practical sessions, and my college course has helped me to realise that you don’t need to play sport to have a career in fitness.”
Sport lecturer Mel said: “Beau has been a dedicated student who has made real progress here at the college. He is so inspirational with what he has achieved and it’s fantastic to see that this is shaping his future career goals.”
Telford College has just launched a new-look series of sports courses to
equip students for careers in the multi-billion pound leisure and fitness industry.
They include full and part-time courses which specialise in fitness training, fitness instructing, football, gym instruction, and a combined programme giving an introduction to sport and public services.
There are five full-time sports-related courses, plus a further two ‘twilight’ programmes, involving evening studies and distance learning.
The college also hosts a regular series of sporting events at its Haybridge campus, giving students the chance to put their leadership and coaching skills into practice.