CYQ and City College Norwich recently combined forces to run the 2012 East Region Fitness Instructor Awards. On 30 May, seven participants from four colleges competed to be crowned the East Region Fitness Instructor winner.
The competition was eventually won by Kristian Dyer from City College Norwich. In February 2012, Kristian was runner up in the inaugural inter-college Fitness Instructor Competition held at City College Norwich in conjunction with Cambridge Regional College. Showing that perseverance pays off, Kristian this time proved to be a very deserving winner.
“I thought the competition was challenging. It tested my knowledge and skills which I have picked up over the last 2 years. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was nice to meet other instructors who share the same interests as me. It was such a great feeling when my name was read out saying that I won the competition. It has shown me that all the hard work has paid off.”
Second place went to Michael Chittock from South Essex College, with Kieron Higgs from Huntingdon College following closely behind in third.
Following two successful pilot events, the momentum behind the competition is growing fast. Working in conjunction with British Colleges Sport (BCS); City College Norwich and CYQ are planning to roll the competition out regionally across the UK over the next 18 months. It is intended that over the next two years a national competition will be launched to celebrate the skills of qualified Level 2 and Level 3 instructors with the competition being open to a wider reach of potential competitors, from both the private and public sector.
As the competition develops, BCS will be looking for colleges to host competitions in their regions. This offers a fantastic opportunity for colleges to provide added value for their learners and to demonstrate themselves as a centre of innovation and excellence.
If you would like to find out more about the Fitness Instructor Competition or would like to register your interest as a host centre please contact Charlotte Jane of BCS.
CYQ’s Lori Randall and City College Norwich’s Richard Burley will be co-presenting a session ‘New Skills Competition for the Sector’ at the forthcoming BCS/AOC Create Conference on Thursday 21 June. The session will offer a fantastic opportunity to further increase the interest and support in the competition’s development across the UK. If you are planning on attending the conference be sure to come along to the session or pop by the CYQ stand.