Daniel Kimber always had a keen interest in sport, but it was after choosing GCSE Physical Education that his passion really began to develop as he started to explore the theory side of sports. As his interest in pursuing a career in sport grew, Daniel knew he wanted to focus his attention on football, so started to explore Post 16 options.
Daniel said, “Upon researching further education studies in sports, in particular football, I found that there were several options available to me. In the end, I chose to study at Cambridge Regional College because of the facilities, high standard of coaching and the professional training environment.”
Daniel enrolled onto the Level 3 Sports Studies course, which he completed alongside the Cambridge United Elite Scholarship. During his two year study programme, Daniel was also given additional opportunities such as the Level 1 Coaching course, something that proved to be invaluable in setting up his business in lockdown.
Daniel added, “Without the support received from the CUFC coaches at CRC, I would not be where I am now. My Tutor, Tom Hall, was constantly offering support with my next steps and I am now forging a high-level coaching career in a professional sporting environment.
When we went into the first lockdown, I couldn’t access any additional courses, but the L1 Coaching qualification gave me a strong foundation to set up my own business. I couldn’t have done that without the opportunities that CRC and the Elite Scholarship gave me.”
Since graduating from the Cambridge United Elite Scholarship, Daniel has secured a permanent, full-time position as a goalkeeper coach with Cambridge United, based within the CRC Elite Scholarship staff team. He now coaches young footballers that are studying the course that he once completed himself. In addition to this, Daniel has set up his own Wisbech-based business, DK Keeper Coaching where he coaches younger players coming up through the development ranks at Cambridge United.
Daniel concluded, “When the time comes to take the next step in your education, do your research, meet the tutors and attend the open days. My decision to study at CRC was made much easier by making direct comparisons with other colleges. CRC simply stood out as the best place to take my next steps.”
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