Fitness student wins scholarship to Michael Johnson training camp

22 July 2015

City and Islington College student, Nathan Watt, who is studying a Foundation Degree in Personal Training and Fitness Consultancy has won a prestigious scholarship to train, teach and learn at the Michael Johnson Performance camp in Texas, USA.

Since school, Nathan, 25, from Northern Ireland had been interested in strength training.

He said: “Being a keen rugby player meant I needed to be big and strong. After school I trained individuals for 2-3 years and decided I needed to increase my knowledge of the fitness and sports training world. This is when I found the course at City and Islington which was perfect for me.”

Nathan was referred to the scholarship in America by his tutor at the College and won it out of 10,000 applicants with the use of a training video and Skype interview.

Now out in Texas, he is gaining amazing experience.

He said: “I have been training athletes from the national football, hockey and basketball leagues, plus wake boarders, bull riders, and top sprinter Richard Thompson, who is the second fastest man in the world!

“The experience has been overwhelming but brilliant, and I could not have done any of it without the course and my tutor at the College."

“Alongside this experience I have been working with kids aged 7-12. The facilities here are amazing and some of the equipment is used only on this training camp.

“The experience has been brilliant, and I could not have done any of it without the course and my tutor at the College. If you are passionate about personal training and fitness then this is an ideal route for you to take.

“In the future I hope to become a strength and conditioning coach for the Ireland rugby team or possibly an National Football League (NFL) team in the states.”

The course Nathan has studied is the only course of its kind in London - no other degree course specifically prepares you for a career as a personal trainer.

Follow this link to find out more about studying Foundation Degree in Personal Training and Fitness Consultancy at City and Islington’s Centre for Applied Sciences in Angel

Follow this link to find out more about the Michael Johnson Performance Camp.

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