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From Physical Education student and Club Captain of Futsal, to postgraduate research student

Jonathan Allen, a recent graduate of the Physical Education course tells us about graduating, being Club Captain of Futsal and his transition from undergraduate student, to postgraduate research student.

Jonathan Allen at graduation smiling in cap and gown

“I chose to undertake the BA (Hons) Physical Education course at Leeds Beckett University because I wanted to develop my PE knowledge further and pursue a career as a PE teacher. I was able to take advantage of lots of opportunities during my time at LBU and had some amazing experiences. From joining a university sports team, securing a summer camp job through the university and undertaking a volunteering opportunity. I would advise other students to take every opportunity that comes their way at university. These extracurricular experiences will set you apart and open so many doors for you throughout the rest of your study and career.

I thoroughly enjoyed my university sport life at Leeds Beckett. Playing on the university’s futsal team provided me with so many great memories. From winning the most improved club at the Sport Awards, to being chosen as club captain.

In the final year of my undergraduate degree, I realised that I wanted to go onto further academic study. After my academic advisor suggested the MRes course to me, I decided to apply for it, and went on to successfully become a postgraduate research student at the university.

My undergraduate course in Physical Education has really helped me to pursue further academic studies. It provided me with a vast knowledge of contemporary issues within PE, which I have chosen to research in more depth now that I am completing my own research project. The PE course also has enabled me to develop personal skills including, confidence, adaptability and problem solving, that I might not have achieved if I hadn’t come to university.

My greatest achievement to date would be completing my university degree and graduating with 1st class honours. The graduation itself was a great celebration of everyone’s success, being able to share this achievement with my university friends was a highlight of my university experience.”

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