Interview with Harry Barnes – Semi Professional Rugby Player & Schools Community Coach

Interview with Harry Barnes – Semi Professional Rugby Player & Schools Community Coach

Harry Barnes

Studied: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
Now a Semi Professional Rugby Player and Schools Community Coach

Coventry College rugby team playing a match

Why did you decide to study at Coventry College?
Mainly for the Rugby Education Programme, but also to get relevant qualifications in Sport.

What course did you study, and what did you enjoy the most?
I studied the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. I enjoyed the practical coaching side of the course the most, developing my knowledge and experience in preparation for working in the industry.

How has your career developed since leaving Coventry College?
I signed a senior academy playing contract at Birmingham Moseley Rugby, who operate in National League 1 (Tier 3). I also work as a Community Coach with Birmingham Moseley Rugby and coach in all sorts of environments, from school reception-aged children up to sixth formers. This includes coaching on camps throughout the half terms and summer holiday periods.

What was the most important thing you learned at Coventry College that has helped you in your career?
Probably the coaching session planning and carrying the sessions out, as it relates to what I’ve been doing in my community coaching role.

Developing my knowledge and understanding of playing rugby union has also allowed me to develop as an aspirational player. I have significantly improved my strength and conditioning and improved my overall game whilst at the College. The expertise in both the rugby union and academic study programme was great overall.

What advice would you give to those following in your footsteps at Coventry College?
Commit to everything you do there and give it your all. Being at the College has created so many opportunities for me, including travelling to Portugal and playing against rugby teams from all over the world. I would not have gained this experience if I hadn’t attended Coventry College.

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