From college student to lecturer - Kerry 'fits' the bill

Fitness woman treating rugby player

Kerry in action - Credit: South Devon College

South Devon College's team of sports professionals has welcomed a new addition.

Sports therapist Kerry Mitchell started her journey in the world of fitness as an adult student at the college’s Fitness Instructor Academy in 2014 when she returned to learning to do her Gym Instructor qualification. She then completed a range of fitness qualifications including circuits, children’s fitness, aqua, Level 3 Personal Training and then Level 3 Sports Massage.

Kerry has since gone on to complete FdSc Sports Therapy at Exeter University and then returning to University Centre South Devon to top up with BSc in Coaching.

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Kerry the student - Credit: South Devon College

She has continued her professional development with a vast array of additional courses to support her practice qualifying in dry cupping and paraffin wax for arthritic and joint conditions, John Gibbon’s body master diploma in Oxford and acupuncture for sports injuries.

Kerry now has her own Sports Therapy injury and rehabilitation clinic based in Paignton, which she opened in 2019. She has a huge passion for pitch side first aid and management of injury.

Kerry has worked in many football and professional rugby clubs, such as Ebbe Vale, Plymouth Albion, Brixham, Newton Abbott Spurs and has also been the lead therapist in the College’s hometown at Paignton Rugby Football Club for four years.

She has also worked within South West motocross as a first responder.

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Kerry has supported students in previous sports massage courses within the College and has now developed into becoming a lecturer herself.

She will be delivering on further education courses as well as leading the adult sports massage and injuries courses and additional workshops at the college.

“I can honestly say I can’t get enough of doing what I do which not everyone can claim” Kerry said. “It’s a huge bonus to be able to work alongside the fantastic team here at the college who are so welcoming and supportive of the new role I play."

If you want to be taught by Kerry, apply to study Sports Massage now at southdevon.ac.uk. If you have any questions, get in touch by calling 08000 380 123 or email enquiries@southdevon.ac.uk.