Excel Staff For Summer 2018
My name is Colin Macpherson and I am the overall Camp Manager at Excel Sports Academy. My original degree was in Sports Coaching and Development before moving on to complete a BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science then a PGD in Physical Education. I have been teaching for 8 years and have gained experience teaching a variety of age groups and additional support needs pupils. I have also been working at Excel for the last 8 years and have developed strong relationships with the Excel staff and the St Georges School Staff. My main sporting activity was Kayaking where I competed with the British team, I also enjoy Skiing, Mountain Biking, Badminton and Basketball.
My name is Stewart Ferns, I am 23 years old, and I am one of the Camp Managers at Excel Sports Academy. I have been working at Excel since 2013 where I have held positions as assistant coach, coach and as a manager. I hold a BEd (Hons) degree in Physical Education and teach PE at both Windygoul Primary School and Ormiston Primary School in East Lothian. My main sporting interest is in Badminton where I have represented Scotland at junior level and have previously been Scottish Universities Mixed Doubles Champion. I also enjoy many team sports as well as running.
Jordan John Flynn
My name is Jordan and I operate as one of the Camp Managers at Excel Sports Academy; alongside Stewart and Colin. I joined Excel in 2015 having coached in America throughout prior summers. Since graduating from the BEd Physical Education programme at The University of Edinburgh in 2016, I now teach PE full time at Carrick Academy in Ayrshire. I am extremely passionate about the educational potential of PE and to allow all young people to develop a lifelong engagement of physical activity and sport. My main sporting expertise lies in Football and Volleyball; I have played both at BUCS level and further hold several national body qualifications in those areas.
Excel Sports Academy was the first proper summer job that I got after I left school and it has been one of my best decisions ever. The coaches are all really friendly and experienced in their different fields but at the same time we all get along really well. I think what is fabulous about Excel is how relaxed it is, the focus is always on maximising fun and enjoyment for every child who comes to the academy; as opposed to loads of pressure on turning everyone into the next Andy Murray. Excel allows every child to develop their performance but allows the winning to be child centred. My sporting highlight was winning the Scottish Universities Cup for tennis as President of the University of Aberdeen Tennis Club.
Having graduated from the University of Stirling, I am now a Physical Education teacher in Fife Council. Prior to university, I completed a two year sports coaching degree. Through basketball I have been given the opportunity to travel to various different countries to compete, a personal highlight for me was being selected to compete at the European championships held in Austria in 2014.
I came down to Excel eleven years ago as a kid at camp myself. When I was 15, I undertook the Sports Leaders course at Excel which provided me with the necessary skills, experience and qualifications to apply for a job as a Volunteer the following summer. As a volunteer, I completed the next stage of my Sports Leaders Award and also had the opportunity to shadow other coaches and staff across the whole academy. In 2012, I was subsequently offered full employment as part of the coaching team; a role which I will continue to fulfil in Summer 2018.
My biggest sporting achievement is probably reaching 15th in Scottish Judo which I took part in for roughly 6 years. Furthermore, I won the Scottish Cup in Hockey a few years ago now which stands out in terms of sporting achievements.
My whole experience at Excel has only been one of full positivity and excitement. This is reinforced by the large numbers of both staff and children that come back year on year to Excel!