Evie Powell … Following a Career in Teaching Sport


  • Name: Evie Powell
  • Class of: 2015
  • Studied: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport
  • Doing What? Just started her first year at Sheffield Hallam University, studying BSc (Honours) Physical Education and School Sport.

In her second year at college Evie was chosen by Volleyball England to be part of their young coaches and officials’ development programme. As part of the scheme she went to Manchester to train to be a fully qualified Volleyball Coach.

The student, who lives in Selby, attended her first event just before Christmas at Loughborough University, where a group of talented young Sports people from across the country were given an insight into the world of performance sport.  The event included Rugby Union, Cycling, Canoeing, Volleyball, Netball, Hockey and Wheelchair Basketball and they were joined by a number of athletes from different sports, including those selected by the British Paralympic Association. Speaking of the experience, Evie said, “It was really good, I learnt new ways of coaching and met some great people there.”

In May, Evie was also awarded an Outstanding Contribution Award at Selby College’s Sports Awards Evening held at the Parsonage Hotel & Spa in Escrick for the role she played in the girls’ volleyball squad.  The girls’ squad reached the National Finals in Kettering, Northamptonshire to represent Yorkshire. They also won the AoC Women’s Plate competition with a win of 3-0 in the final against Redbridge College. The sporting star was deservedly recognised for the time and effort she had put in with new team members throughout the year, as well as the support she provides to her old school, Selby High School, where she was ran a Volleyball club in her spare time. Evie has since gained her Level 1 coaching qualification. The 18-year-old hopes to become a PE teacher after completing her degree. 

Lecturer in Sport and Volleyball coach Kelly Hunter said, “The national talent camp was a great opportunity for Evie, as it gave her an important insight into the world of performance sport and the harsh reality of the demands and commitment required to be the best in a chosen sport, as either a performer, coach or official. “She did so well to be selected, and deservedly so due to her efforts both inside and outside of college. We are all extremely proud.”