Monday, 22 September 2014
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
“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