Ben Stait, Lead Youth Development Phase Coach at Newport County AFC, achieved a first class honours in our MSc Advanced Performance Football Coaching. Below, he explains how blended learning helped him expand his knowledge of a variety of contemporary subjects within coaching and learning.
“One aspect I enjoyed of the course was the blended learning. I enjoyed being taught online and through residentials as it allows you to build connections with people from further afield due to the course being more accessible to many people across the world. The method provides learners with the opportunity to be flexibility around their working schedule yet become responsible for their own learning. Also, due to being away for the majority of the course, I feel it adds more value to the residential weeks.
The course broadened my horizons with regards to theory and practice; making sense of the strategies I use within my coaching and where they fit within the literature, which provides more worth to the methods I use within my practice. The course also allowed me to gain experience with real world tasks, i.e. curriculum design, which I was able to apply in my work.
The main concerns I hear when people consider a course such as this are time and the person’s ability to complete the work at the required level. Well, the course is purposely flexible and structured to allow for people to fit around their current circumstances and mentors are always on hand to support each student through the course. So, if you want to become a better person and professional within the industry then enrol on the course and I am sure you won’t regret it.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the course; learning from the expert guest speakers and mentors, connecting with very good likeminded people within the industry and benefitting from such contemporary and high-quality content were the main things I took from the course."