Danny Cook was The Denes’ very first Head Boy. He attended The Denes from 2010-2013, studied at Lowestoft Sixth Form College and is now doing a degree in Football Business & Media at University College of Football Business (UCFB), Wembley.
Danny Cook, is semi-finalist in Casio’s Bright Minds Competition 2012. Then a year 11 Head Boy, Danny entered the competition with his notion of a football referee application, and was one of the four semi-finalists selected by Casio’s panel of judges to receive an all-expenses paid trip to London to present their ideas to some of the capital’s finest business minds. At the final, Danny pitched his idea to Casio and Young Enterprise’s panel of top judges from the business and education worlds. Although he wasn’t the overall winner of the competition, the judges said he put forward an excellent pitch with his innovative idea and he has had some business interest in taking his project further. Danny was awarded a glass trophy and a Casio watch. The Denes also received a projector as part of the prize.
Danny told me: “This was another great opportunity that I encountered during my time at Denes. Mr Christopher was the one who I am thankful to for finding out about the competition which, despite not winning, was a fantastic experience, and I believe I have really benefited from this. Also Mr Clarke should be mentioned and thanked for escorting me round the competition.”
Danny Cook (centre) is pictured below receiving the annual D J Burchell Award from Kevin Friend for Most Promising Referee for the season 2013/2014. On the left is Barry Ereria, Chairman of the Suffolk County Referees’ Association.
Danny receives the Referee of the Year award, presented at a ceremony held by Waveney Football Club for the club’s annual end of season presentations.
We caught up with Danny who has been kind enough to give us an update.
“I really enjoyed my time at Denes. I got to know some great people that were both staff and students and I wouldn’t want to have changed a thing. I would just like to thank them for being a part of my life at Denes as well as making my time there fun and memorable. I have had so many good memories, so it is impossible to mention everyone and everything but here are a few:
First Head Boy
During my time at Denes I encountered plenty of opportunities, which have helped get me to where I am now (metres away from Wembley Stadium). The most notable opportunity I had was to become their first Head Boy and what a fantastic opportunity it was. It was great to have a say on what went on within the school and to see it develop. I would like to have hoped that I made a positive difference when I was there and I would advise any student who wants to make the school a better place, to become a senior student (head boy/head girl). Mrs Caswell who was my form tutor at the time, had myself, Alice and Clive, all in senior student positions (3 out of 6) and I would like to thank her for all she did for me during my time at Denes.
I was again very fortunate to have been given the opportunity on a number of occasions to attend the school’s ‘Summer School’ programme. Mrs Anderson who co-ordinated the programme then did a fantastic job at making the two-week programme a lot of fun, and I gained some good friends and experiences from it.
Sports Centre Assistant
Who would have thought that months after leaving Denes, I would have been back, but this time as a member of staff in the sports centre? I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and I am still extremely grateful that they gave me my first experience of the working world. The staff there were great and I loved working with them. This therefore made leaving in September difficult to do. However, it was hopefully for the benefit of my career, as I begin studying a Football Business & Media degree at UCFB Wembley.
University College of Football Business (UCFB) Wembley
I came across UCFB during my time at Denes. At the time, the only site that was established was in Burnley inside Turf Moore. However, since then they launched a Wembley campus inside the stadium, which I am currently studying at.
I saw the place and it just seemed like a true reflection of my love of football and business, so in my mind this was the only place I really wanted to be in September. Luckily enough I got the grades I needed to get my place at UCFB. Thanks for that should go to Lowestoft Sixth Form College who, like Denes, prepared me and enabled me to move on to the next stage of my life.
In three years’ time, I hope to have finished my Football Business & Media degree at UCFB Wembley, and I hope to be working within the football industry in a role which will match my passion for the beautiful game.”
“My message to students is this: take as many opportunities as possible, work as hard as you can and make every moment count, because before you know it you’ll be 18 too.”
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