Current Company: Sky Blues in the Community
Current Role: Inclusion Co-ordinator
Qualifications: FA Level 2 Coaching badge, currently working towards UEFA B coaching badge. BSc Sports Therapy Degree, FA Level 4 Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football, Level 2 Youth Work Practice
Hi Alex, it sounds like you’ve really gone from strength to strength since studying with us! How many years did you attend the College & what study programmes and courses did you take?
I spent two years at the College studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports and Science as well as playing for the football team. I spent a further three years at the college studying with the Higher Education Programme too, which was partnered with DMU University. I graduated with upper second-class honours in Sports Therapy.
What was your experience like at the College (academically & within the football provision)? Did anything in particular influence you in your career today?
I really enjoyed my time at the college studying both courses, academically the courses were very interesting, and I managed to gain a lot of valuable knowledge which developed me as a coach and sports therapist. During my time all the tutors and lecturers were very approachable if I needed help with certain modules, and they kept all the modules very engaging.
I took a lot of influence from everyone that taught me over the years as they all specialised in certain areas and I credit them all with helping me reach my goals. I played for the football team which was extremely fun and very competitive. I would highly recommend it to any young person wanting to play at a high level as well as working towards achieving a great qualification.
What useful knowledge & skills did you develop while at the college which have helped you in your current role?
I understood the importance of communication, time management, work ethic and using what resources you have at your disposal to the max. The College also understood my goal of being involved within a football environment, and they helped me develop all the required skills to make this goal achievable and I still use these skills today.
What aspects of your current role do you enjoy most? Any real success stories?
The aspect I enjoy the most is being able to provide sporting sessions all over the City of Coventry in areas which have a high demand for sport. The main sport young people want to play is football, however we also provide basketball, netball and many other multi-sport sessions too, which we make inclusive to everybody to increase community cohesion. Over the years we have been running these projects/sessions, we have seen many of the young people go on to attend college, university, gaining qualifications in youth work. Also, a high number of our participants have achieved their FA coaching badges through courses we deliver by an FA tutor at the club.
Any advice to aspiring coaches/therapists looking to progress in football?
Make sure you explore many routes to determine what your goal is, stay open minded and patient to prevent yourself from rushing into something you later may not enjoy doing. However, be ambitious and hardworking, and when you find that perfect role for you make sure to put everything into achieving that goal. And always remember to have fun, if you don’t enjoy learning, studying or working in that role. It isn’t the role for you! Make sure you’re having fun.
What impact do you think Coventry City’s return to the Championship will have on the community?
It’s an incredible achievement for the club and a very proud moment for the City. Especially as we are the City of Culture 2021. I believe the city and the communities within will all see many positive changes for the better, with many more sporting opportunities available in the future for all the young people who want to work within the sports industry.