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8 May 2018

Sean Rowlinson started out as a volunteer with Latics in 2015 before being offered a chance to study at the University of South Wales.

  • Youngster shortlisted for Professional Practice Award.
  • He studies Community Football Coaching and Development.
  • Sports Recognition Awards to take place in Cardiff on Friday night.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust coach and University of South Wales student Sean Rowlinson has been shortlisted for a Professional Practice Award for his educational achievements over the past 12 months.

The University’s Sports Recognition Awards take place at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff this Friday night, with the event celebrating the successes of its students and partners during the last year, including individuals who have gone above and beyond in a sporting context.

Sean, who studies a Community Football Coaching and Development degree alongside his work for the Trust, first started out as a volunteer with Latics in 2015 by assisting in the delivery of PE in schools.

His first year on the course saw him named Student of the Year for achieving the highest overall grade across the programme, beating 135 other learners from 35 clubs to the award.

Employed by the Community Trust since September 2017, Sean’s responsibilities include teaching the PE curriculum at schools across Wigan, coaching the club’s U16 disability football team and assisting in the delivery of Premier League Kicks activity at Wigan Youth Zone.

Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “Sean is a great example to others of where hard work and dedication can get you. He has worked tirelessly over the past few years to achieve his goals and thoroughly deserves to be recognised this Friday.

He added: “Having initially started out as a volunteer, he has been extremely successful on the USW’s degree programme and his professional practice away from study has been exemplary. He is a role model, eager to learn and will continue to enjoy great success.”

The degree, run in partnership with the EFL Trust, sees students complete up to 200 hours of voluntary coaching in the community, allowing them to embed and develop the techniques learnt within lectures.

Sean also manages Burscough Dynamo’s Open Age Women’s football team, providing females not involved in the game with the opportunity to play competitive sport, while also coaching a number of the club’s junior teams as well as volunteering at a local Futsal club.

Email Education Officer Adam Sherratt on or call 01942 318090 for information about the Trust’s educational opportunities.

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