BMX rider Lenin on track for sporting success

During A Level and GCSE results weeks, we are celebrating student success stories across our Group and showcasing learners who have achieved great things. BMX rider Lenin Sibanda is set for sporting success, both off and on the track.

Student Lenin Sibanda is celebrating after securing a triple Distinction * in his Level 3 Sports and Exercise Science course, the highest grade possible and the equivalent of three A * grades.

Lenin, who rides for the Manchester BMX team at the National Cycling Centre, has been offered a place on a Sports Science degree at Leeds Beckett University starting in September.

The hard working student, who won the Sport, Public Services and Care Professions Student of the Year award at this year’s Student Excellence Awards, has a clear aim to be successful in the sporting industry, whether that means gaining a place with the Team GB BMX Team or becoming a qualified physiotherapist at a top club.

Heading to university means that not only can he keep his eyes on the Olympic prize but also secure an industry-related degree.   

He said: “Being at The Manchester College has shown me different career paths that I could take and I have met new people that have helped me over the years.

My aim is to learn about the sports science area before then specialising in a particular field. Ultimately, my goal is to be either a physiotherapist, trainer or coach and also, if I train really hard, to gain a place on the GB BMX team.

Lenin passed his English GCSE’s at school but decided to resit the exam at The Manchester College to gain a higher grade.

He said: “It’s important to gain your maths and English GCSE’s because you never know when you will need them in the future, so it was worth resitting the exam for a better grade.”

Hayley Francis, Head of Department, said: “Sport and Public Services are growing and expanding industries that require specific skills and competencies to secure paid employment.

“Our department offers tailored programmes to meet the needs of employers.  We do this by offering additional industry based qualifications and an intensive work experience programme.

“We have teachers who are experts in their fields and facilities that allow realistic workplace assessments to take place. Our staff are dedicated to providing the very best curriculum and helping our learners to be successful in their further studies and employment.”

For more information on Sports and Exercise courses visit The Manchester College website.

Lenin Sibanda

Level 3 Sports and Exercise Science