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Student experiences

Alex Donaldson, Bsc. Sport Coaching Science
(UEFA B, Level 2 Goalkeeping, FA Youth Award)
“Coach education is hugely important for learning new ideas and techniques to deliver in a sporting environment. Whilst studying at the University of Worcester I’ve learnt from, completed and enjoyed over 30 coach education courses. “Thanks to my qualifications gained, I’ve spent two summers coaching in North America and I’m currently working at the Bristol Rovers Elite FC Development Centre along with four other University of Worcester students."

 Katie Blunt, Bsc. Sports Studies and PE
(Level 2 Cricket, First Aid, Child Protection)
“The University were able to guide me towards the necessary coach education courses to secure a coaching opportunity where I get to put my theory into practice”.
Katie is the current Worcestershire Under 25 Cricket Coach of the Year!

Charlotte Ellis, BSc, Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science
“...what a fantastic opportunity for a first year student. To gain the Principles of Coaching Level 2 and UKCC Hockey Level 2 in my first year has given me an excellent platform for the remainder of my studies. Since qualifying I have been able to use the qualifications in schools to gain valuable experience.”

Gareth Hamer, Bsc. Sports Coaching Science
(Qualified referee within six local and regional youth football leagues and coach at West Bromwich Albion FC)
“Referee Education is important as it allows you to understand sport in more depth. The University constantly keep students updated with course and work placement opportunities.”

Josh Hanley, BSc. Sports Coaching Development
(FA Level 2, GBWBA Level 2 and FA National Coaching Scholar)
"The opportunity arose in being selected to be a part of the FA National Coaching Scholarship 2011/2012 due to Worcester University sport staff suggesting that I should start to log my volunteering hours I was doing around Worcester for varying football teams.  I then started to log the hours I was completing through BUCS ‘s Football Futures programme which allows for more than just coaching volunteering hours as it covers management of events through to refereeing. The hours I was logging however were all centred around coaching in local grassroots clubs through to after school primary clubs. The accumulation of my hours caught the attention of the staff in charge of the Football Futures programme at BUCS who decided to put me forward for the scholarship which included summiting an application to the FA highlighting my suitability. The programme has since gone onto provide me with an assigned tutor who has been excellent as he has allowed me to observe his sessions and vice versa which has provided me with feedback in which I can use going forward. The programme has involved a two day CDP event where a number of figure heads at the FA were present. Finally, the programme also offered a bursary which has help with the funding of other football qualifications."


What the pro's say on coach education...

Dave Mycock, Coach of England and GB Blind Football team

"Coach education provides the theory and skills needed to be competitive in the coaching industry. Coach education provides and opportunity to network with other coaches and we boast a wide variety of partnerships with local clubs and organisations to gain practical experience or work. Through coach education I was able to coach University of Worcester graduates at the Paralympics in 2012."

Paul James, England and Worcester Wolves Head Basketball Coach
(Level 3 Advanced Basketball Coach, Level 3 Official and UKCC Approved Course Tutor)

“We have a clear commitment to development as a coach and academically as a student. If you are an aspiring referee, table official or sports administrator we have opportunities within our basketball programme for students to engage and excel in their chosen field."