Vicki tells us what she enjoys the most about working at EdStart, why she joined, and what a typical day as a sports coach looks like.
How did you first get involved in EdStart?
I started coaching at EdStart in November 2016, a few years after finishing university. I was drawn to the company because of their dedication to improving children’s skills in every area of PE.
In my first staff meeting I got to know everybody, and Chris, EdStart’s MD discussed targets and expectations – which is a great way to start off as you mean to go on.
Tell us about a typical day at EdStart
Every day is different at EdStart, but always in a good way!
I make sure I get to school early to set up, meaning that my lesson can start at soon as the children arrive! So that teachers can see what we are working towards, I bring my lesson plans completed in advance. In class, I always try to challenge children who progress quickly, whilst also making sure that every child has the support they need.
My main aim is to make sure that each child walks out of PE having learnt something – with a smile on their face, looking forward to the next lesson.
What’s your proudest moment at EdStart?
Every day I feel prouder of the children I coach, seeing their progress and getting to know them better.
Shouts of ‘Coach Vicki!’ across the playground make me feel so proud. You realise you’re making a real difference to their lives. It is a huge bonus of the job, and makes all your efforts worthwhile.
What are the best and worst bits about the job?
Without a doubt, the best bit about the job is seeing a child’s face light up when you walk into their class. It’s so rewarding when you can see that a child has made real progress in their lessons – and when they can see it too.
The hardest part about the job has got to be being sure to remember all the names of the children I teach! It really makes a huge difference to the children, and to my lesson.
What’s coming up in 2017 that you’re excited about?
The 10th anniversary – it’s a real milestone for the company, and I’m really excited to celebrate with the EdStart team, past and present.
What do you get up to outside of EdStart?
I love football, and look forward to playing every week with the best bunch of team mates. I also coach a children’s football team – at the end of last season we won the cup final! It was such a proud moment for me and everyone involved.
I’m always sure to make time for family and friends, as they are the people who have supported me and helped me get to where I am today – I can’t thank them enough.