Rob Griffiths oversees our academic football programme, including the Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development. He was the first academic in Wales to be elected as President of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management, now the Chartered Institute of Sport and Physical Activity.
Why is USW a great place to study a football course?
The football courses at USW provide a perfect combination of theory, practice and come with embedded vocational awards including the Level 2 coaching certificate. The students are taught by some of the leading football coach educators including staff from both Cardiff City and Swansea City.
Tell us about the Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development
This unique course involves a partnership with the Football League Trust and a number of football league clubs within England and Wales. We are trying to develop a workforce specifically to deliver grassroots football within communities.
Best day at work
Witnessing our 5th team football team playing a BUCS match whilst being watched by the Welsh National team, including Ryan Giggs, on an adjacent pitch...they won as well!
Seeing our students developing their coaching skills whilst rubbing shoulders with some of the top professional clubs and international teams is a real highlight for all of us based USW Sport Park.
Best book to buy
It would be easy for me to select an academic textbook but I’m going to go for Bounce by Matthew Syed. It is a fascinating read and centres around whether you can be born with talent or is it developed through purposeful practice.
Advice to future sport students
Aim to be the best academic student and the best vocational student. There is a myth that you can be one or other but to give you the best chance of making it within the industry, aspire to do both.