Visually impaired student to take on sport science course in Sheffield

A woman with impaired vision is aspiring to work with Premier League football teams after landing a spot on a sport science degree.

Royal National College for the Blind student, Meme Robertson, from Colne, achieved a D* BTEC sporting excellence and performance and a B in A-Level biology – gaining her a spot on the sports and exercise science course at Sheffield Hallam University.

Meme has an eye condition called nystagmus, a condition of uncontrolled eye movement, and came to Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) for three years to study her level three qualifications.

While at the college, she also received other training, such as mobility, Independent Living Skills, and accessible IT, in preparation for university.

Meme says: “Coming to RNC meant that I achieved things that I couldn’t at the mainstream schools.

“All the staff were really helpful; they have the student’s best interests at heart. Before RNC, my Independent Living Skills had a lot to be desired.

“I couldn’t cook or do laundry, so I feel a lot more independent now. I was already doing a little bit of sport before coming to RNC, but my ability got a lot better and very quickly too.

“The coaches clearly know how to teach visually impaired people so it has really opened up lots more opportunities which I might’ve not had being in mainstream schooling.

“During my time at RNC, I was able to do work experience at my local gym so it helped me gain new skills.

“My ambition one day is to work closely with sporting teams to help unleash their sporting potential, maybe big teams like those in the Premier League.”

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