A TyneMet apprentice who is taking the kickboxing world by storm has recently been voted World Kickboxing Champion 2015 – Callum Dillon who is studying a Level 3 Management course at Burns School of Black Belts has just won Yorkshire Humberside Champion Kickboxer and is training for the European Championships later this month.

As a committed Kickboxer, Callum wanted to ensure he would be able to continue his training whilst studying – an apprenticeship seemed the perfect option as Callum explains: “The apprenticeship programme at TyneMet has been excellent in allowing me train whilst I study – I’m developing skills to advance my career but can continue with my kickboxing passion. I enjoy every aspect of the apprenticeship it’s all great experience - from practical skills to personal development, all of which are helping to prepare me for the future”.

Nick Probett, TyneMet Sport Apprenticeship Leader, said: “What a fantastic achievement for Callum, he’s a very dedicated individual who keeps going from strength to strength.  An apprenticeship can be the ideal choice for athletes or for those who regularly compete in sports – you can learn on the job, train, compete and get a qualification at the end of it.”

TyneMet apprenticeship and training programmes are tailored to each business to ensure a dynamic and successful pairing for both parties. Nick added: “Apprentices are a great way of adding extra value to the business and can really bolster a workforce. The team at Burns School of Black Belts have been really impressed with Callum – his passion and enthusiasm has really shone through – he even independently engineered an electronic sign in system for visitors attending the club.  Callum is a great example of how you can succeed if you work hard – we are all really delighted for him.”

In further sporting glory, the College is very proud to share  a fantastic achievement for TyneMet’s Flex Fitness Apprentice Sam Cooper, who has gone from strength to strength in regional competitions for college students working towards careers in the sport and leisure industry – Sam was recently crowned ‘AOC North East Sport Fitness Trainer of the Year 2015’ and said: “Participating in the competition has been a great experience; it’s a great opportunity to get involved and get noticed in the fitness industry. This is the first time the competition has run but it’s already well recognised.  The atmosphere was really intense and I was up against my peers and those from other colleges – we soon got into it, it’s a great feeling to have won the North East round – I’m preparing myself for the nationals, which I’m really looking forward too.”

The competition itself consists of three categories that are designed to assess excellence above and beyond that expected by the qualification. The 2015 competition categories included:  Exercise to music, Gym instruction, and Personal training .

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