Sport Case Study

BTEC Level 3 – Sports Coaching and Fitness

Alan Chitson

 Name:               Ryan Chitson

Age:                    18


Ryan Chitson was a student on the BTEC Sports Programme where he studied a range of units including: Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Testing, Diet and Nutrition, Sports Coaching and Healthy Lifestyles. The academic study of the course was complimented with regular football, competing within an academy league, against other local talented footballers.

Ryan’s thoroughly enjoyed his two year BTEC in Sports:

“The diploma was absolutely fantastic not only did I get to play regular high standard of football but I also learnt so much within the classroom. I developed an acute understanding of the science behind sport, from fitness training methods to the nutritional values of different food types. The tutors were outstanding both in the classroom and on the pitch”


Upon completion of the BTEC Diploma in Sports Coaching and Fitness. Ryan had a number of progression opportunities to consider from going to university to study a degree to finding work or a higher level apprenticeship.

Ryan was then actually recruited by Knights Sports and after a year in post, he will shortly begin a Higher Level Apprenticeship (equivalent to a foundation degree). Ryan is responsible for numerous administration duties for the football academy programme from sourcing venues, to organising coaches, arranging fixtures and administration of the paperwork.

Ryan is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Knights Group Award for outstanding performance within the company, after only one year in post.

ryan and yvonne - outstanding performance award

Ryan Chitson receiving his award for outstanding performance.



Yvonne Bryce, Managing Director of the Knights Training Academy, said “Ryan was an outstanding student when on the academy programme and he is now an outstanding employee.  He has gone from strength to strength and we are really proud to have supported his training, development and now employment. Ryan will shortly be starting on his next qualification which will be a higher apprenticeship, equivalent to a foundation Degree. His knowledge of the programme has helped him establish himself within the Academy Team having seen the programme from both ends, as a student and now a member of staff”



Knights Training Academy, through the Knights Sports Programme, offer 16-18 year old talented footballers, the opportunity to be “scouted” and to gain a BTEC Diploma, which is equivalent to three A-Levels.

To find out more about the Football Academy, please contact Head of Sports, Kevin Knights by