As Captain of the Worcester Wolves Basketball Team and coach for another local club, you would think Callum Jones would have little time left for study.
But he has just completed one of the most intensive postgraduate courses on offer and graduates today with a Distinction in MBA Business Administration.
“It has probably been the hardest year of my life,” he admits. “My days have been a good 15 hours long with training, coaching and classes. That’s without the additional studying I have needed to do.
“But it really is my biggest achievement to date. I’m so pleased to have completed the course and to have got a distinction.”
Twenty-six-year-old Callum came to the University of Worcester on a scholarship, having completed his undergraduate degree at Pace University in New York.
“I moved to America from Manchester when I was about 18,” he said. “My dad is American and I got a scholarship to go to university over there, which was fantastic.”
Having played basketball most of his life, it was always Callum’s dream to be a professional and the opportunity to play for the British Basketball League (BBL) side Worcester Wolves, while combining it with study, was enough to draw Callum back to the UK.
“I love playing for the Wolves,” he said. “We’ve got a great team here.”
As well as Captaining the Wolves, Callum is also the coach for the Worcester Sixth Form College Basketball Academy and also delivers coaching in local schools.
“I may move back to America one day,” he said. “But for the time being I love being here in Worcester. I would like to try and do some academic tutoring if I can, but will just see where the MBA takes me next.”