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COMMUNITY COACH MAKING STRIDES WITH UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH WALES DEGREE

3 October 2016

Wigan Athletic Community Coach Jamie King moving in the right direction with the help of the Trust and University of South Wales.

  • Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Jamie King on his pursuit of Community Football Coaching and Development degree.
  • Jamie ties in work at the Community Trust with course at the University of South Wales.
  • Jamie said: “Grassroots sport is my passion, and this course has given me a great start in coaching.”
Wigan Athletic Community Trust coach Jamie King is hoping a new university degree will set him on the path to a dream career in the industry.

After recently graduating from the Foundation Degree, Jamie is about to start his final year of a degree in Community Football Coaching and Development at the University of South Wales.

Jamie, 19, hopes the further qualification will add to his CV and enhance his long-term career prospects. He has just gained a full time job with the Trust as a Sport and Cohesion coach and has previously completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship with the Trust in PE and School Sport.

Jamie said: “Grassroots sport is my passion, and this course has given me a great start in coaching as it covers so much technical detail as well as encouraging you to gain lots of work experience.

“I want to use the full degree to go onto a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) and hopefully teach at primary school level. Studying at the University of South Wales has opened up so many opportunities for me, so I’m glad I took on this challenge.”

The BSc Honours degree Jamie is currently completing in Wales is a unique football coaching course which has been designed in conjunction with the EFL Trust. It provides an opportunity to gain an industry-recognised coaching award while being affiliated to a specific football club.

Students are predominantly based at their football club, but will also spend a minimum of five days per year at the University of South Wales Sport Park – a £3.7m state-of-the-art coaching and performance development centre.

Teaching takes the form of online lectures and seminars, with students expected to complete up to 300 hours of coaching on a work-based learning programme. The course also helps students gain their Level 2 Football Coaching certificate.

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