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A former HND student of the University of Worcester is making his way in the world of football as the Lead Youth Development Coach at MK Dons.

Steve Kirby finished his course at Worcester in 2007 and has gone from working as a teaching assistant at his former school – John Masefield in Ledbury – to working at Hereford United and now at MK Dons in Milton Keynes.

“While I was at Worcester, my lecturer, Glyn Harding, was a real inspiration. His enthusiasm was infectious,” Steve said. “Coaching was always my main focus and what I wanted to do and the course at Worcester gave me the opportunity to follow that.

“When I finished the HND I left the University, as I was offered a full time job. That meant I didn’t get around to doing the top-up degree. I hope one day I can come back to this and would love to do it back at Worcester.”

The 29-year-old is now in charge of the football club’s youth academy programme, bringing elite young players up through the ranks, and allowing him to work with a number of national and international stars.

“I really love my job and my time at Worcester is what helped me to get here, through my course and the additional coaching qualifications I was able to take,” he said.

 ***photo courtesy of Lee Scriven Photography***