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Student Matt Passing on His Passion for Sport

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Little more than a few hours separated the end of Matt Rogers’ studies and the start of his career.

On the same day that the Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science student handed in the final assignment of his University of Worcester degree, he received a phone call offering him the opportunity to pass on his passion for sport.

During the final year of his studies, Matt worked part-time for Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, which is based at the University of Worcester. Having impressed in that role, he was offered a post at Worcester City Council shortly after officially completing his studies.

Matt explains: “I received a call from the Sport, Art and Play Development Manager at Worcester City Council, asking me to provide six weeks of interim cover for their Sports Development Officer role.

“At the end of that six-week period, I interviewed for the full-time role and was successful.

“The main responsibilities within the job are to deliver sports development projects across the city, working with partner organisations to ensure that more people in Worcester have the opportunity to experience the benefits of participation in sport and physical activities.”

Matt now co-ordinates a series of sports projects, working alongside schools, sports clubs and community organisations to develop sporting opportunities across the City.

It is a role he says he is ‘thoroughly enjoying’, and one which he believes would not have been within his reach were it not for the support he received throughout his degree, which helped him overcome his initial doubts.

“I’m dyslexic, and have always struggled with my reading and writing. For this reason, I never thought I’d ever get into university, let alone graduate with a First Class degree.

“Although my degree wasn’t directly related to sports development the knowledge and experience I have gained from both the PE and sports coaching side of my studies has proved very valuable in my role,” says Matt, who will graduate at Worcester Cathedral in November.

“The support I have received from university staff – such as Craig Williams, the Coach Education Manager -outside of lectures has been outstanding, and has directly lead to me getting the job I now have.

“The likes of Craig do fantastic work in helping students, and without the support that he provided me, there is no way I would have this job now.”