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Football Association Scholarship Gives Boost to Student’s Professional Development

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A young football coach has received a national Football Association Coaching Scholarship as a reward for her talent and commitment to the sport.

Lauren Tidman, a PGCE Primary Education student at the University of Worcester, said the prestigious award would boost her professional development and employability.

She was chosen as one of the six selected young coaches in the region after her hard work in training a number of local teams caught the attention of the programme panel.

The 21-year-old, from St. George’s, Telford, who started her coaching practice at the age of 16, said: “I feel very lucky to be selected for the scholarship. It is a great bonus to all of my hard work and it feels great to know that you have the support to develop your skills professionally in the thing you are good at doing.”

To add to her expertise, she will take part in an FA Module 2 - Youth Award course which has a particular focus on developing practice sessions, which are tailored according to the age, ability and experience of the young players.

Lauren, who completed her Sports Coaching Science undergraduate degree at the University, started playing football at the age of 11. She now coaches the Girls’ Player Development Centre and County schools teams. Aiming to gain as much professional experience as possible, Lauren is also engaged with coaching five to 16 year olds at holiday multi sports camps during the summer and half term breaks.

Looking to the future, Lauren said: “When I complete my PGCE and the FA qualifications, I want to become a Physical Education co-ordinator in a primary school. I really enjoy working with children and I believe I can make a difference.”

For information on all courses at University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk