SCL pioneer reaches 15 years of service

Posted by SCL Education Group on 24.07.18


This month, SCL have been proudly celebrating Curriculum Manager, Vic Harry’s 15 years of service.

A true pioneer, Vic started his SCL journey over 15 years ago as part-time Football Coach, delivering after school clubs whilst working mornings as the local Postman, earning himself the nickname at SCL of Postman Pat.

In 2003, Vic hung up the mail bag and decided to go full-time with SCL, progressing his career as a Football Coach and working at local schools to deliver lunch time and after school clubs, team coaching and SCL holiday clubs which were solely football at this time.

Continuing his SCL journey, Vic went on to coach at Pupil Referral Units, working with 11-15 year olds who had been removed from mainstream schools, before securing his role as a Tutor within SCL’s Education & Training department. Here, Vic worked closely alongside Sixth Form Colleges and local football clubs, also delivering the FA Level 1 & 2 courses.

Most recently, Vic impressed within his role of Regional Manager for the South, and now continues to look after our Southern Region as Curriculum Manager.

Vic encompasses each of the four SCL values, and has done from day one. Reflecting on Vic’s understanding of the business and its needs, Steve Franks, Managing Director, Education and Training, explains: “If you were to cut him in half, so to speak, he’d bleed red, white and blue.”.

Vic combines his passion for both sport and education with his day-to-day job role. Whether working with 4 year olds, 16-18 year olds or tutors, Vic’s experience and passion shines through. Demonstrating his vast experience, knowledge and understanding of the industry, Vic inspires everyone he works with.

Excellence is undeniably one of Vic’s best traits, as he continues to benchmark and set high standards for both the Primary and Education & Training teams. Having supported Lewis and Steve from day one, Vic continues to demonstrate his reliable character as he progresses his career.

Chief Executive, Lewis Field, explained: “Vic is a great asset to the company, encompassing each of the SCL values and always putting SCL first. Throughout his 15 years with us, Vic has been part of positively influencing our company culture, and has played a vital role in the evolution of our education programmes.”

Steve Franks, continued: “Vic is a fantastic role model to all learners and staff. Throughout his 15 years with us, Vic has mentored and developed hundreds of learners to work in the sports sector, supporting them with their transition from young people into adulthood.

“From packing mailshots to being an integral part of a Grade 2 Ofsted achieving team, Vic has done it all.”

Business Development Manager, Sean Norton, explained: “When I started with SCL a year ago, Vic really supported me in my role. He took the time to share his knowledge and experience with me, which has enabled me to grow in my role.

“Vic is reliable and always willing to help. He's always there to give advice and guidance, and it has been a pleasure to have been able to work with him so closely over the last year.”

Sam Acres, Work Based Learning Assessor, added: “My first meeting with Vic was when he attended my football training on a cold, wet Wednesday in 2007, to talk to the team about the SCL course he ran from Farnham College; NVQ & FA Level 2 in Football Coaching.

“I had already accepted a place at another college to do a different course, but something that Vic said that evening inspired me in what has now become a 10-year career with SCL. I started the course in September 2007 and by the November, Vic had started me on my coaching pathway, where I put what he taught us at college into practice.

“One thing Vic always taught us was to look after our equipment. One sad and regrettable day in 2008, I was semi-responsible for the loss of one of Vic’s footballs. To this day, I am still questioned as to the whereabouts of that ball!”

No doubt Vic will be celebrating with a blue WKD; his favourite tipple, in his one and only ‘going out’ shirt. Congratulations Vic, and thank you for 15 years of continued hard work and excellence.


We asked Vic:

Q. What are you most proud of since working at SCL?

A. Seeing some of the learners that started on my programmes working in the company and doing very well for themselves

Q. What is your favourite food?

A. Italian

Q. If you could only take two items with you to a desert island, what would they be?

A. Football and Mobile Phone

Q. What makes you mega happy?

A. Spending time with my kids

Q. If you could spend an evening with anyone, famous or not, who would it be? And where would you go?

A. Gazza. Local park for a kick around

Q. What is the best thing about working for SCL?

A. My change in job roles over the years and being able to evolve with a company that is growing



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