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Build your muscles and your skills through a Sports, Coaching & Exercise Science course with North Hertfordshire College.

Our recent investment in the NHC Sports Hub means you’ll have access to advanced and industry-standard learning facilities. Home to a multi-purpose sports hall, gym, and 3G pitch, the NHC Sports Hub makes us the perfect space to learn about your favourite sports.

NHC’s dedicated tutor teams are here to support you throughout your learning journey, too. We’re proud to work with staff who are current or former athletes and professional coaches, with some of our team even trained to PhD level.

As you progress through your course, you’ll pick up knowledge from across a wide range of key elements involved in sport, from nutrition and psychology to managing injury recovery. You’ll also develop the core skills for career success including leadership and teamworking abilities.

Interested in sport, fitness, and how exercise affects the human body? You’re not alone. Sports, Coaching & Exercise Science industries have seen continued growth in line with the expansion of the sport and physical activity sector, offering a rich variety of interesting and rewarding career opportunities.

We have fantastic employer links across the region and regularly bring industry experts into our classrooms to support your learning.

Choose the college with a proven track record in helping students succeed. Kick your career off with a Sports, Coaching & Exercise Science course at NHC.

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Career pathway

Whichever track you choose during your studies at NHC, our team of expert tutors will help you gain the skills and experiences you need for a successful career in the Sports and Fitness sector.

Your career options include, but are not limited to:

Sports Coaching

  • Personal Training
  • Sports Coaching
  • Physical Education Teacher

Sports and Exercise Science

  • Sports Therapist
  • Sports Analyst
  • Sport Psychologist

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What our students say

Liz Calver
Head of Curriculum for Sport and Public Services.

My name is Liz and I am the Head of Curriculum for Sport and Public Services here at the College.

I am really pleased you’ve found your way to this part of the website- if you’re someone who is passionate about sport, or making a difference in your community, then one of our programmes could definitely be for you! We have a wonderful team of dedicated staff within the department who are all experts in their fields; you can read more about them in the ‘who’s who’ below.  

On behalf of all the team, we look forward to meeting you soon and welcoming you to NHC!


Emma Ball
Deputy Head of Curriculum for Sport and Public Services

Hello, my name is Emma and I am the Deputy Head of Curriculum for Sports and Public Services here at the College. My role is to assist with the day-to-day running of the department as well as teach and support the delivery of programmes across the department. My background is in sport, as I previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach, but I have a keen interest in criminology, politics, and love a good crime documentary. I look forward to meeting you soon.


Georgie Burns
Deputy Head of Sport, Public Services, Business, and Travel & Tourism

My name is Georgie Burns, and I teach on our Protective Services qualifications and am also Deputy Head of the department. My aim is to create a fun learning environment by prioritising the student experience for my groups. During my free time, I volunteer as a Special Constable with Hertfordshire Constabulary, supporting the constabulary by tackling crime and protecting our community. Being a Constable allows me to offer real-life insight for our students by helping them through the application and selection process for their intended destinations.


Chris Bentley
Sport Tutor

Hello, my name is Chris Bentley, and I am a tutor of Sport and Public Services at North Hertfordshire College. Previously, I have worked in the Sport Science industry working for elite football clubs such as Reading and Arsenal FC. I have completed an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Master’s Degree in Sport Performance Analysis and a PGCE. I have a passion to support students with developing a life-long love of sport and physical activity whilst striving to reach their potential. We look forward to welcoming you to our fantastic college.


Chris Lawson
Sport Tutor

Hello everyone, I’m Chris! I teach across our Sport programmes here at the College. I have a master’s degree in Sports Science Performance, and have previously worked at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and in FE for 4 years. I am passionate about teaching sport and seeing young people achieve their best and progress into careers within the sector. If you see me around campus, then be sure to say hi! 


James Noonan
Sport and Public Services Success Coach.

Hi, my name is James and I’m one of two Success Coaches at NHC working within the Public Services and Sports department. My goal is to make sure that you as students succeed academically whilst also gaining knowledge on our Bridge programme, learning skills that will help you grow as an individual and prepare you for your next steps. I also like to prioritise the mental health of the students over the academic year and will regularly have one-to-one catch-ups with you to make sure you’re on track to succeed and are doing okay.


George Payne
Sports Tutor

Hello, I’m George and I’m one of the Sports Tutors here at NHC. I look forward to taking you through your learning journey and providing you with the opportunities to be the best version of yourself.


Ryah Vyse
Sports Tutor

Hi, my name is Ryah and I have been a part of the teaching team here since 2018. I have a degree in Physical Education and a second in Psychology. I studied in America on a soccer scholarship which allowed me to play football for four years, alongside my studies. When returning to England in 2017, I continued my playing career at Spurs Women for two seasons and I am now in my second season with Watford Women!

I’m always excited for the new students to arrive and to take their next steps into college life. Watching students develop not only as pupils in the classroom but also as people is the highlight of my job!


Ross Ward
Sports Tutor

I am a passionate educator and have been working at NHC since 2011 working on a wide range of courses from Level 1 to Level 5 Foundation Degree/ HND programmes. My values include professionalism, respect, honesty, accountability and self-development which have been developed through my experiences teaching and coaching. I enjoy new challenges and have taken part in a wide range of fitness and coaching qualifications including UEFA B certification using this to work as an academy coach at Stevenage FC as well as being a qualified personal trainer and assessor supporting learners to enter the fitness industry.

Test your skills at the NHC Sports Hub

When you join one of NHC’s Sports, Coaching & Exercise Science courses, you’ll have access to the latest industry technology through the NHC Sports Hub. The facilities bring our courses to the forefront of sports science and helps you have a competitive edge when it comes to starting your career.

New additions to the Hub include HumanTrak technology and Perform Better Pro for VO2 Max testing. This new equipment means North Hertfordshire College meets the demands for higher-level qualifications, helping you develop and future-proof the technical skills you need for further study or a future career.

More About The NHC Sports Hub

Work experience

At North Hertfordshire College, our Sport and Fitness team has developed strong links with the local community to help support our students. When you join a Sport and Fitness course at NHC, you’ll benefit from regular talks with guest speakers from across the sport and physical activity sector, as well as attending external trips to sporting venues and sports clubs to see your learning in action.

Throughout your course, you’ll develop your teamwork, communication, and organisation skills as part of our Top 10 Skills initiative. These skills are particularly important for careers in the Sports and Physical Activity sector and will support your employability.

Work experience opportunities during your course include shadowing professionals in the industry, from physiotherapists providing gait analysis and deep tissue massage, to PE teachers in local schools designing and delivering sessions, through to personal trainers at local gyms teaching and supporting clients from a range of fitness levels.

We’re very proud that some of these partnerships now also include our alumni, helping further support the next generation.

Looking for courses for adult learners?

North Hertfordshire College is proud to offer a range of professional and leisure courses to adults in the local community.

Whether you’re looking to change career, improve your skills, or pick up a new hobby and make new friends, NHC has a course for you.

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