I’m loving the sports coaching course

Ollie Price - Sports Coaching

Ollie Price from Cheltenham is studying BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching.

"Anyone who is thinking about working in sport should think about this course. It doesn’t matter if you want to coach, or teach, or even go into Sports Development – there is something in the coaching degree for you.

I can honestly say I’m loving the course. The wide-ranging modules give an insight into every aspect of coaching, from children’s and grassroots level to elite professional standard. I have learnt more about areas that are becoming vital in professional sport, such as the second year module in Performance Analysis, where we learn to code games and look at key performance indicators in order to improve performance. This new knowledge will expand my horizons and make me a better coach.

The Sport Placement module gives us the chance to apply the theoretical knowledge we have learned to a professional setting. Getting to work with a local college as part of their football coaching staff gave me the chance to coach at a higher level than I had done before and was a personal highlight for me. Thanks to this, and a further placement in the PE department at my old high school, I have decided to pursue a career in teaching and I am confident that my degree will give me the best tools possible to achieve this.

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching course is one of six courses in the UK that are UKCC accredited, meaning that we gain coaching qualifications directly within the modules of the course. This was important to me when choosing the course as it meant that the course content would be directly related to my development as a coach, and the resources would be available without my having to look to an outside provider that would cost more money.

You only need to see the sheer size of the Fresher’s Fair to understand just how much there is to get involved in at USW. In my first year I played for the Men’s Football 5th team, travelling to places like Winchester and Plymouth as part of the BUCS competition. However, my main commitment is the USW Cricket team, playing both indoor and outdoor matches, as part of the BUCS leagues."