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‘Securing Excellence in Schools and Academies’

Success of ‘You Can Do Sports’ academy is creating future sports leaders

Former Magnus Church of England student, Cameron Dobson was amongst the first group of students to graduate from the You Can Do Sport (YCDS) Academy; a multi sports academy in Newark offering students routes to higher education and professional careers within the sports sector. 

Working in partnership with Magnus, You Can Do Sport Academy (YCDS) offers a wide range of further education courses including A Levels and a BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Sport alongside professional coaching in a number of chosen sports from high profile, former elite players. Currently those sports include Football and Netball, yet the Academy is looking to expand into Rugby, Boxing and Rowing in time for Sept 2021.


For 18-year-old Cameron, this has prompted a return to the academy in a voluntary capacity, specifically to learn from the experts on what it takes to be a good coach.

Cameron now supports the staff to prepare for training sessions with a view to leading his own sessions in future. “I want to learn what makes a good coach. I want to understand how a coach positions themselves during training, how they speak, what their body language is.


Natalia Hart is the Director of You Can Do Sport and said, “Cameron is a shining example of the calibre of students we work hard to produce at the Academy. He is determined, focused, driven and most of all willing to listen and learn from his peers. He rightly wants to get the most from his time with us and we are all delighted he has chosen to return for a year to build his experience as a coach.


Natalia says that Cameron will be supported to gain his L2 coaching badge with the FA and a L3 sports leadership qualification which will give him a licence to practice when he is 18.