Reaching Sunnier Climbs with City College

03 November 2017 | Uncategorised

Gym owner, coach and City College Plymouth alum, Dayle Hallam, is helping current students to reach sunny new heights at Block HQ – his CrossFit training facility on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

This summer, ten students studying the Foundation Degree in Strength and Conditioning were able to get real world experience while topping up their tans at Block HQ which runs intensive boot camp-style holidays, focusing on enhancing an individual’s fitness capacity in a custom-designed facility.

“This was an opportunity for me to pass on my knowledge, share my skills and show the students what their futures might look like,” said Dayle who co-founded the company in 2016. “The course at City College was my starting point and my stepping stone to what I am doing now. It helped to shape me and this partnership is a great way for me to give something back. This was also a chance to suss out a possible candidate to take over my role at the company, as I am returning to the UK to complete my studies at university.”

City College student, Dean Embling, was lucky enough to secure the role.

“I chose to employ Dean as he was confident, knowledgeable and willing to learn – this was a winning combination. Coming from an education setting and going into the industry can be a shock to some people as it is so much bigger than they realise, but Dean jumped in head first and was willing to adapt and build on his knowledge. He was the perfect candidate.”

Ian Davis, Programme Manager for Strength, Conditioning and Sports Coaching at City College, helped to set up the partnership with Block HQ with the aim of enhancing the students’ learning.

“This partnership with Block HQ is a fantastic opportunity for our students to broaden their horizons in the strength and conditioning workplace,” said Ian. “In Mallorca they get to not only experience a different culture, but the international aspect gives them a broader scope of industry practice.

“As well as coaching experience, they are able to see first-hand what makes a business run, helping to enhance both their technical knowledge and their employability skills. This experience is what landed Dean the role at Block HQ and it is great that students like Dayle want to give back to where it all started. We are proud to see our students go on to bigger and better things; and make the progression from student, to teacher, to employer.”

City College’s international student work experience programme is funded by Erasmus+, the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.

For anyone interested in a career in strength and conditioning, and for more details on all full-time courses and study options, the College is holding an Open Day on Saturday 4 November 10.00am to 1.00pm. For more information visit or call 01752 305300.

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