Hello my name is Jack Payne, I am 20 and I studied a Level 3 Diploma in Sport from 2011-2013.
I really enjoyed my time at the College and got on well with the tutors who were really helpful. My main focus was football so sometimes it was hard to concentrate on education, but the tutors made it easy for me and I learned a lot.
I joined Southend United Football Club when I was under 16 and did the two-year course at the College while I was doing my scholarship at the club.
I now play for the first team at SUFC as an attacking mid-fielder and I am doing quite well this season. It is my break-through season and I have scored quite a few goals. My ambition is to stay on the team and for Southend to get promoted this year. I want to play as hard and for as long as I can and get to the top.
There is proof that going to South Essex College works because you can see the players coming through. I would say that if you have the ambition it is definitely the way to go.