Burnley College Sixth Form Centre students lead online fitness sessions to help the community during Covid-19

Motivated students on an industry-led fitness course at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre have created online workouts for their family, friends and the community isolating at home due to Covid-19.

The talented students – currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Fitness Industry Services – are accessing remote teaching and individual support from their Tutors alongside gaining this vital practical experience, working online with diverse audiences (from those starting their fitness journey to high-achieving athletes).

Tutor Holly Lynch, herself an award-winning personal trainer, said:

“I’m incredibly proud of my Advanced Level students. They were tasked with going out and getting more people moving while developing their coaching skills during these difficult times. Their commitment and determination to put their training into practice has given them their first taste of having ‘real’ clients and given them all a great sense of achievement in very unusual circumstances!”

Among the students actively putting their academic theory into practice with the guidance of Holly and other Tutors, who are all professionals in the fitness industry are:

  • Josh Butterworth, aged 17, from Burnley, a former pupil at Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School, Colne. He has taken inspiration from online classes with Holly to lead his own power and endurance sessions. He has been coaching family members at home – increasing their fitness levels with the limited equipment at hand and created a bespoke training programme for his dad.
  • Max Rowntree, aged 17, from Hebden Bridge, a former pupil at Calder High School. He has been running fitness workouts for friends and family online and, working with apps, has been able to provide one-to-one coaching sessions.
  • Caitlin Iannelli, aged 16, from Todmorden, a former pupil at Todmorden High School. She has been busy choreographing ‘social distancing workouts’ with family and neighbours. And her studies have helped her create a series of virtual stretching workouts for her grandma who she has not been able to see since the lockdown started.

Holly Lynch added:

“Students and Tutors alike are looking forward to returning to College when the Government lifts restrictions as we’re a close-knit team who inspire and motivate each other on a daily basis. We’re all ready to swop lounge, garage and garden workouts for the award-winning gym at Fitness Evolution and make the best use of our learning spaces in our amazing Campus!”

Named as the number one College in England in the latest official Government achievement tables, Burnley College Sixth Form Centre is supporting the next generation of sport and fitness professionals on their journey to success. Led by experienced Tutors with a wealth of industry experience, students have access to a state-of-art, award-winning gym and fitness centre, Fitness Evolution; all-weather facilities and our acclaimed Academy of Sport and Elite Athlete programmes. Burnley College is also TASS accredited (the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) which ensures its top athletes have access to the support they need to maintain the highest academic standards while competing nationally and internationally in their chosen sport.

Are you passionate about sport and fitness – whether that’s at A Level or via a Vocational programme? Are you looking for a College that shares your passion and will allow you to access professional training alongside your academic studies? Find out more via www.burnley.ac.uk, contact 01282 733333 or email s.services@burnley.ac.uk