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Throughout his time at the University of Worcester, the word ‘inspirational’ was constantly applied to Mark Stevens.

A double amputee, Mark came to personify the University’s inclusive sport ethos, captaining the University’s wheelchair basketball team, coaching at local schools and playing a host of different sports, in addition to helping other disabled people learn to surf during his spare time in his home county of Cornwall.

Now, just months after having completed his Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport degree, Mark is inspiring others to follow in his footsteps having returned to Cornwall to work for Truro and Penwith College.

He explains: “My job title is College Sport Activator and I am a member of the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme.

“My job is to encourage college students who are not that active to become more so by providing them with various activities. The Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme enables students to access regular, high quality recreational sport and physical activity as an additional enrichment service.”

Mark, who studied at Truro before enrolling at the University of Worcester, describes his new role as a ‘massive step’ into the sport development industry, and he is determined to ensure that his passion for sport is passed on to others.

“Working for an educational institution is a great experience, as I feel like I can pass on my knowledge and experience to others.

“Teaching Further Education students is a future ambition of mine, as is working in the disability sport sector, as it is what I am passionate about.”

Mark credits the teaching staff within the University of Worcester’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science with helping to nurture that passion, and he says that his time at Worcester has armed him with both the skills and the confidence to pursue his dream career in sport.

“The course at Worcester helped me massively in my new job,” he explains. “It has given me the sport development and coaching knowledge to be able to encourage and teach the students about how important keeping active is.

“It also gave me the confidence to apply for jobs, as I feel like have the knowledge to be able to succeed; that's thanks to the great staff and teaching at Worcester.”