Monday, 01 December 2014
A young man from Oldbury has secured a job at the home of West Bromwich Albion Football Club working with disabled young athletes.
Luke Liperis is a disability coach with Sporting Club Albion, coaching visually impaired footballers and also taking his skills out to local schools working with children with special educational needs.
The job came out of a work placement he under took while studying for his Sports Coaching Science degree at the University of Worcester. Luke graduated from the University at a ceremony at Worcester Cathedral last month.
“I am really pleased to have secured this job,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without the University, and especially my lecturers Glyn Harding and Dave Mycock. They really inspired me to work in disability coaching, something I had never really heard of before coming to the University.”
Twenty-three-year-old Luke, a former student of Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury and Halesowen College, added: “I found the academic side of university life quite a struggle because I found out I had dyslexia and dyspraxia. But I’m really proud of myself to have achieved my degree and now a fantastic job.”
Luke is hoping to complete further coaching qualifications in the future and to travel with his work.
Senior Lecturer, David Mycock, said: “Luke was a conscientious student who, despite finding out he had dyslexia and dyspraxia, showed great determination in gaining a degree. He volunteered in a variety of disability school and sports club settings which set him apart from his peers. Throughout his time as a student at the University of Worcester these opportunities developed his confidence and motivation to succeed in his studies and his chosen career pathway, which has now come to fruition with his current role with the Albion Foundation.”