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Sports and Public Services

Find a course with a strong emphasis on physical fitness, leadership, and community engagement.

Public Services

Interested in a career in which you serve your community and make a real impact? Our Public Services courses are for you.

On these courses, there is a combination of academic, physical and outdoor sessions to give you an insight into what is required in this field.

Previous students have gone onto higher education opportunities as well as careers in the Police, Fire Service, the Army and more.

Sport and Fitness

Our Sport courses will help you improve your game skills and knowledge in a range of areas, including fitness, exercise science and leadership.

For those interested in coaching, our partnership with Kent Cricket allows you to gain a Level 3 qualification alongside specialist coaching skills.

Students in the Kent Cricket Coaching Academy get to learn from the best in industry, including current players and trainers. You can also use their facilities throughout the year at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Public services students working

Strong Community Links

Across our Sports and Public Services courses, we have strong links with local community organisations and industry. These include:

  • Kent Cricket
  • British Army
  • PureGym
  • Kent Fire and Rescue
  • Royal Engineers
  • Border Force
  • Kent Police

Having these partnerships lets us give you opportunities including visiting army barracks and emergency service stations, as well as training in local gyms and sporting venues.

Public Services Learners get hands on experience through crime scene re-enactment

31 May 2024
Public Services students put their skills to the test by taking part in a crime scene simulation.

EKC Canterbury Sports Centre

As a Sport and Public Services student, you can make the most of our on-site Sports Centre.

Facilities include:

  • A spacious sports hall
  • A contemporary gym with modern equipment
  • Fitness studio with wooden semi-sprung flooring

Elevate your fitness journey with us, and discover a world of fitness amenities in a welcoming atmosphere.

Our doors are open to everyone – other students, the public and local businesses.

Sport student working out in the gym

How you apply for a course at EKC Canterbury College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our range of Sports and Public Services courses here at EKC Canterbury College.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply on our website and application portal for the subject area you want to study.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

For Sports and Public Services students, come along to an interview/applicant day, where your skills will be tested to see which course is right for you.

Great Progression Destinations

Callum Turner – Kent Police


Callum Turner completed the Level 3 Public Services Extended Diploma in July 2023 and has now gone on to join Kent Police as a Police Officer.

He has just completed his initial training and had his first shift earlier this year.

Speaking of how College has helped him succeed, Callum said:

“Public Services supported me becoming a Police Officer by giving me the discipline and knowledge that is needed. This put me at an advantage as I already had the required skills before I even joined.”

I’ve had so many  experiences so far, including visits to lots of different universities.

I really enjoyed visiting the University of East London and learning about where I could go in the future with their gyms and sport equipment.

The course has further proven my love of sport and I feel like its improved my personality overall.

Sport and Fitness Level 3 student

We regularly visit Kent Cricket to learn different coaching techniques that can apply to not just Cricket but a range of sports.

It’s been great to put this into practice through social action projects with primary schools.

I want to go into coaching so this has given me experience and key skills that I will need to start my career.

Sports Coaching and Development Level 3 student

I coach Cricket outside of College so this course has been really beneficial for me.

We coach local primary school children at Kent Cricket and as I work with a similar age, I can take the skills I’ve learnt and develop these further.

It’s a very interactive course and we all have a lot of fun working with each other.

Sports Coaching and Development Level 3 student

Meet our Deputy Head

Ryan Wood

Ryan is the Deputy Head of Sports and Public Services at EKC Canterbury College.

He spent 19 years in the Police, working for the last three as a Firearms Instructor. He then moved into teaching and taught in the Middle East for two years, before coming to teach our students.

He can often be found around College with our Public Services students, teaching them the skills they need to get into their desired career path.

Career prospects

Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Physiotherapists plan and apply massage, promote and encourage movement and exercise, use hydrotherapy, electro-therapy and other technological equipment in the treatment of a wide range of injuries, diseases and disabilities in order to assist rehabilitation by developing and restoring body systems.
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We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.