Education really is a family affair for one father and son.
Myerscough College student Chris Boyles is literally following in dad Phil’s footsteps by signing up to the same course exactly a year after him.
The motorsport-mad pair, from Chorley, are studying for a foundation degree in motorsport management and logistics at the Preston college.
And it was Phil’s love of the course that led 19-year-old Chris to ditch plans for a career in the arts and follow in his tracks.
Phil, 43, went back to college after a long career in banking, after stumbling across Myerscough at an event. “I got made redundant a few years ago from Lloyds so was at a fork in my career and not sure what to do next.
“I was on a rally on the Isle of Man when I saw the Myerscough Escort that was competing in the event. When I got home I had a look online and saw that it was the thing I wanted to do and went for it.’’
Besides studying, he spends two days a week working for the Ford world rally team, M-Sport.
Phil added: “ I’m a full-time student and through Myerscough I was lucky enough to secure a position with M-Sport, working at their base in Cockermouth.’’
As well as helping him fulfil his passion for cars, Phil is hoping it will be a springboard for a career change and added: “I’ve been lucky that I’ve been given chances to travel over Europe, including being part of the DMAC service crew as part of the Junior World Rally Championship. I would also have never have got my job at M-Sport if it wasn’t for Myerscough.’’
“I want to work full time in logistics and at the moment I’m trying to learn as much as I can.”
Keen photographer Chris also wants a future in the motorsport industry. “Hopefully I can get experience somewhere while I study to help make that happen,” he said.
“The contacts that the tutors have are amazing and the course is very broad, so I have the option of specialising in the actual operation of the cars rather than management if I wish to later on.
“I’ve always had an interest in motorsport, but I actually was going to study art and design at university. I found that I was losing interest in what that had to offer though and after seeing the opportunities that my dad was being given I made the switch.’’
His proud dad added: “It was a big call for him to stop his previous course and make the move to Myerscough. I know he wouldn’t have enjoyed himself as much and I’m really happy he followed me.’’
Ronnie Sandham, Myerscough College’s assistant head of HE Motorsport, said: “Phil is one of the most enthusiastic students I have had on the course – everything is an opportunity for him and he goes for it. Chris has also caught the motorsport bug and is a pleasure to have in class.”