One thing that not many people realise is that Judo and many other sports can lead into further educational routes. One of these routes is 'AASE', an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence. These apprenticeships run alongside more traditional further education.
One of the Academy's ex students and Felixstowe Judo club founding member Ben Caldwell has taken this option. Ben attends Suffolk New College studying a Level 2 BTEC in Sport Science (in which he has just gained an overall distinction) for three days per week and on a fourth day he attends Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for the AASE program.
The two courses complement each other in that the AASE program is flexible in the order its modules can be delivered so the tutors work closely with the schools / colleges to ensure that pupils are as far as possible studying the same things at both sites at the same time. This has been fantastic for those on the course, most of whom have excelled in their further education.
The additional training that the pupils receive is of the highest order, from tutors and athletes who also tutor degree students. This gives the pupils an insight into University life, making the transition into University so much easier should they wish to take the University route. This additional training and education has enabled Ben to excel in his studies and compete at a national level, holding his own against British squad players.
Ben has recently represented Felixstowe Judo club and medalled at :
Ben also assisted at BUCS supporting athletes and filming the event. The course also runs training days with the British squads that include Olympic and commonwealth athletes.
At all these events he has been up against the best from the UK and abroad, so as you can see Judo is not only a fun way to keep fit and active, it helps gain confidence, it teaches respect, it can improve concentration and it can lead on to further education and travel opportunities.
More details on the AASE Judo course can be found at: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/judo1/advanced_apprenticeship.html
AASE has courses in many sports, successful completion of the course will gain the pupil UCAS points to go towards a University application. Whilst these are still being decided on for the judo course it is expected they will equate to about 2.5 'A' Levels.
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Felixstowe Judo Club meets Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm (all years), at Felixstowe Academy