Lewis Van Poetsch
- Qualification & subject:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
I joined the army straight from school but after a few years I decided to swap my rifle for the boxing ring and try my hand at turning professional. Having boxed since my teenage years it seemed like the logical choice to pursue my passion. I knew I was never going to be a world beater so became a bit of a journeyman boxer, but that didn’t stop me giving fighters all over the country a serious test.
Even though I enjoyed my time in the army and revelled in the challenges in the back of my head, even since my school days, I knew I really wanted to become a teacher. A chance meeting at my old secondary school affirmed this and, after volunteering to gain experience and studying to gain the qualifications for university, I was ready to take the next step on my journey.
My Hartpury experience
Combining a burgeoning sporting career with studying to become a teacher was never going to be easy, but the army taught me discipline and determination so I just needed to be in a place that would support both aspects of my life. There was only ever really one choice for me and that was Hartpury, so I was thrilled to be offered a place on the Physical Education and School Sport course.
I’m really enjoying the course as I’ve been able to get hands-on experience of teaching right from the outset. Alongside my studies I need to train at least twice a day to keep up with my boxing, so the fantastic sports facilities here are invaluable. The support I’ve been given by Hartpury has helped me balance boxing with my studies and I know that the hard work will pay off in helping me achieve my dream of becoming a teacher.