Former student Sam Curwen is studying Sport Coaching Science with Physical Education at Worcester University, and is hoping to become a PE teachers or sports coach one day. 

The Foundation course has helped develop Sam's soft skills such as his communication and social skills as well as his ability to work in a team, helping Sam to gain plenty of close friends during his time with the Foundation. He was Head Boy during his time at the Foundation, acting as a role model to the other students on the course. 

A strong tutor - student relationship is vital in the success of any education establishment. Sam enjoyed working closely with his tutors, whom he described as "friendly, inspiring and helpful."

During his time on the course, Sam said: "I'm always learning from them and taking ideas on different styles on coaching."

Learning how to play Futsal was also a key benefit for choosing the course for Sam, as this was a new sport to him and something which he now wants to continue playing at University. He is also a keen long distance runner, representing the Foundation in the Cardiff Half Marathon twice, raising over £300 to support the charity. He recently achieved an astonishing personal best of 1 hour and 22 minutes and has signed up run and fundraise for the Foundation at the 2017 Cardiff Half Marathon. 

In April, Sam represented the Welsh Colleges in a competition in Nottingham where he finished 1st out of all Welsh Students and 24th out of all British Colleges, an incredible achievement. The 18 year old will continue to represent Cardiff in long distance running while at University and one of his ambitions is to complete professionally as a marathon runner. 

When asked if he would recommend the Foundation's course to others before finishing his studies, Sam said: "Most definitely, I want to be here, i'm not forced to come, it doesn't feel like school."

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