The start of the autumn term saw us welcome back Greg Key, a former student of the College, returning to UCC to join the teaching team within the PE department.
As a student, Greg was always a very popular figure among students and staff. He had a most pleasant and lively personality. He was recognised as a student with lots of potential, both personally and
academically. He had an extremely positive outlook on all aspects of life and this was always demonstrated as a representative of Ullswater Community College through many sporting activities including rugby, football and cricket to name but a few. His involvement in the College Expedition to Peru was exemplary throughout.
Greg left the College in 2003 after the successful completion of his A level courses in Physical Education, Leisure Studies and Geography. He then worked very hard in local employment to raise funds for an exciting gap year, travelling with friends visiting; Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Samoa and Thailand.
Greg then began a degree course at York St John College to study Sports Studies and Physical Education for three years. Following his graduation, he was elected by fellow students to the sabbatical post of Vice President of the Student’s Union. This one year position saw him take responsibility for all competitive and recreational sports activities and societies within the university.
The following two years he spent in the United States of America, coaching football (soccer) within the USA, MLS. Major League Soccer. He worked with teams in New York and New England, particularly Connecticut.
In 2008 Greg returned to England and took up the post of Cover Supervisor at Caldew School in Dalston near Carlisle. Here he supervised and taught classes when a teacher was absent due to sickness or training. It was this experience that cemented his ambition to join the teaching profession. He
was accepted on a Post Graduate Certificate in Education course at Leeds Metropolitan University to train to be a Physical Education Teacher, spending a large part of the year in schools in Halifax.
When I spoke to Greg recently, he explained that his new role as a PE teacher at UCC has fulfilled a dream for him and was always a focus and ambition in his career plans. He explained that, “As a student at UCC I was so happy and used to wake up in the morning excited to come to school. The buzz I felt then, is just the same now as a teacher. The fantastic opportunities I was given as a pupil here, I want to
give to other young people now”.
As Greg’s old Head of Year, I am certain that he will be an enormous asset to the College in his new role and I wish him every success for the future.
Retired Head of Sixth Form and Alumni Coordinator