Raza Siddique is a Sports Teacher at Leeds City College. From rugby league to cricket, here, he tells us about his exciting sporting life inside and outside the college.
Tell us about your role at Leeds City College
“I joined Leeds City College in 2012, and during this time, I have taught BTEC Level 3 in Sport, Level 2 Football Coaching, Level 2 Fitness Instructor, as well as BTEC Level 1 in Sport and Active Leisure. I have also helped with the running of the Sports Academy at the college and my current role is to coordinate the Rugby League Academy in partnership with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation. I took charge of the successful BUCs team at Leeds City College who became champions of their league in Football.
“As an experienced Sports Teacher, I specialise in sports development and coaching in addition to cricket, rugby, football and multi-sport. Numerous years’ experience as a Sports Coach and a Teacher in FE have enabled me to develop interpersonal and communication skills when teaching children, youths and adults from all backgrounds and all walks of life. I have a strong passion to develop as a teacher, having achieved a degree in Sports Development and Coaching, a PGCE, ECB Level 2, RFL Level 2 and FA Level 2. I have a hunger and thirst for development and professional progression.”
What did you do before joining Leeds City College?
“I started coaching at Edgerton and Dalton Cricket Club for the under 13s side and the open age side in 2005, which is something I still do now. In 2007, I hosted sports camps for children as young as five years old and youths up to the age of 14 across West Yorkshire venues. I have acted as Head Coach at many camps and organised the staff and activity schedule in addition to the venues’ health and safety and risk assessments.
“Following that, I have been involved in coaching under 9s at Moldgreen Rugby League and teaching Sport at Huddersfield New College. As well as rugby, I have taught amongst the Futsal programme for the Leeds United Foundation, Leeds United Football Club and coached players at Bradford City FC, many of whom became signed by BCFC within two years of me working with them.
What do you do outside of work?
“Along with my current teaching job, I work in two primary schools for professional English Rugby League player, Danny Brough, delivering rugby league sessions to year five and six children. My role requires me to work on players’ agility, balance and coordination. On top of that, I coach Newsome Panthers’ very successful under 11s rugby league team three times a week, in addition to match days.I also enjoy playing football and cricket in my spare time.”