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21 February 2017

Sean first started volunteering for the Community Trust when he assisted in the delivery of P.E in schools

Volunteering opportunities with Wigan Athletic Community Trust has allowed 22 year-old Sean Rowlinson to embark on an educational pathway with the University of South Wales.

Studying a two-year foundation degree in Community Football Coaching and Development, Sean first volunteered for the Trust 18 months ago when he assisted in the delivery of P.E in schools.

His involvement with the Trust has propelled his individual development, so to celebrate Student Volunteers Week 2017, a national celebration of the positive impact students have on their communities through volunteering, Wigan Athletic spoke to Sean about his work with the Trust and his degree with the University of South Wales.

He said: “Volunteering has really helped me to develop my skills and allowed me to take my experiences into a professional coaching environment.

“I’ve volunteered at different schools around the Wigan area as part of the Trust’s commitment to delivering quality P.E, and have also been involved in disability football too so I’ve covered a wide range of aspects which has benefited me greatly.”

Alongside the academic element of the USW degree, which is run in partnership with the EFL Trust, students complete up to 200 hours of voluntary coaching within the community, alongside the Community Trust, allowing the students to embed and develop the coaching techniques learnt within lectures.

“Volunteering has been hugely beneficial for me because it’s given me that pathway into coaching which is what I love doing. 

“I started volunteering when I was doing my early coaching qualifications where I achieved the FA Level 1 & 2 coaching badges, but learnt that it was crucial for me to continue my development and gain my multi-skills too so I could work in schools.

Sean believes his volunteering experiences with the Trust will benefit him hugely whilst he completes his degree.

“I was asked if I wanted to go on the University of South Wales’ football coaching course, and my volunteering hours will definitely help me to continue to gain experience in this area. 

“Volunteering has not only helped me to gain coaching experience with the Trust, it has helped me start a new education pathway which otherwise I may not have had.”

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