My name is Gracjan and I am a student of Everton College & Liverpool John Moore’s University. At present I am studying a Sport Development and Coaching foundation degree where for the first two years I am with Everton Football College.
Prior to studying for a degree, I was a sixth form student of Everton Football College from 2017 -2020. For me, choosing to study here was a massive thing. For the first 16 years of my life I lived in Poland only occasionally visiting family in the UK. Although making this decision to move was hard it was also an extremely exciting time for me to start my education journey.
The first two or three weeks, were the hardest in my life. Meeting new people, new cultures, and new surroundings in a new country when my English was good only on paper. I was shy and I can’t even think about how many times through my head went the thought – “Is it for me, will it be better to stay or go back?” But I was not alone, I never expected the amount of help I got from my teachers, tutors, all of the staff and new peers from college. All of these people gave me the best help I could ever imagine. I was able to speak to everyone and get as much positivity as possible, I couldn’t feel lonely and I knew that I could always count on them. I have never experienced better help with my education from teachers and support from other students. I am very grateful for all these people who helped me at the beginning of my journey in England, because of them, I was able to gain lifetime experiences, academic qualifications and develop skills that will help me to be successful in my life.
Three years of being a student of Everton Football College gave me a life experience that I thought I could never dream about. From achieving my GCSE English, BTEC Level 3 Sport, FA Level 1 Coaching License, to representing our team as a captain for two years and to travelling around the world to play or coach football. I was able to:
- Meet and play against professional deaf football team from Ghana
- Travel to China for three weeks as a member of a team, to coach children football
- Represent Everton Football College team as a captain for 2 years
- Meet and play against the Japan Olympic football team