This course is for you if you have a passion for football, and are interested in learning about the many different sides of the game: coaching sports psychology and sports massage, to name a few.
University helped me to gain invaluable work experience and contacts within the professional game, as well as knowledge surrounding both professional and grassroots football. Without my time at Solent, I would not have the confidence I now have in my abilities and understanding of the game.
Thanks to Solent’s excellent contacts within professional football, I was given the opportunity to complete a season's internship as a first team performance analyst at then-league two side Aldershot Town FC. This opportunity allowed me to make contacts within the professional game, leading to a role working as a performance analyst within the first team goalkeeping setup at AFC Wimbledon the following season.
I was also coaching Solent’s own ladies football club during my final year, alongside two of my course mates, which is one of my best memories at Solent.
The first break in my career came when I was offered a role at Wiltshire County FA. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my role, it was short-lived as just a few months later I was successful in applying for a job within the professional game team at the English FA, where I remain almost 18 months on. Alongside my full time job, I have had the pleasure to coach at a number of different clubs including AFC Rushden and Diamonds, Northampton Town FC and currently Burton Albion FC.
Based at St George’s Park, the National Football Centre, I currently work right in the hustle and bustle of the English FA. My job is to support a number of FA Youth Coach Developers (FAYCDs) and National Coach Developers (NCDs) in their work throughout the country, in addition to collating and reporting the data they collect. I also assist in the running of FA coaching development programmes such as Pro Licence, A Licence and Advanced Youth Award courses. My working days often vary, from primarily admin days to more hands on support. Every day is different in my job, something that always keeps me on my toes.
For me, football has progressed from a hobby, to a degree, to a career, to a way of life. Cliché but true!
If you want a career in football industry, I'd advise you to build contacts whenever you can, as you never know what opportunities will arise. Be persistent but patient; travelling long distances and working long hours will all be worth it when you land your dream job.