This course will help me to develop the skills I need to become a sports coach, says Billy

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Billy Liptrot has been studying our Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development over the past year and hopes to progress in his coaching career, coaching at local schools and rugby teams. Here, he reflects on his experiences and tells us how he was given an opportunity to study a foundation degree through the Wigan Warriors education academy.

“Prior to studying the foundation degree, I was a player and captain for the Wigan Warriors education rugby league team for 3 years and now I’m the assistant coach. I also play for my local amateur team Shevington Sharks. 

My goal is to become a coach in schools and for local rugby teams and so I took this opportunity to study in order to gain the right knowledge to not only become a better coach, but also a better person. I have gained knowledge from coaches I’ve worked with in the past and also my own ideas about coaching, but I wanted to gain more knowledge and confidence to help me to get to the next level. This course will help me to develop the skills I will need to achieve my goals.

I was given an opportunity to complete this course thanks to the connection between the University of South Wales and the Wigan Warriors education academy and my experience so far has been brilliant. I’ve learnt so much about coaching and development that I can put into use in my own work. It’s also helped me gain more confidence when coaching children at certain ages.

The biggest challenge when starting this course was the huge step up in the standard of work and independent study. It was a massive step, but it helped me to become more independent whilst working on my assignments and encouraged me to improve my grammar in my work to help me get the best marks I could.

Although we weren’t based at the USW campus, the support we received was great. Our module leaders were only an email away and made helpful videos explaining everything we needed to know which we could access online via Blackboard. This was really useful as we could go back to the videos when required to improve our understanding and discuss it as a group.

The advice I would give students that want to do this course is submit your work on time and remember to take a picture of the receipt so that the module leaders know you’ve submitted your work. Also make a schedule that suits your university work, your hobbies and your job if you have one. This will help you to stay on track with all your work.”

Find out more about our Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development.