The MSc furnished me with the tools to quench my curiosity and the confidence to apply my knowledge in action

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Graduate, Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro, has completed the UEFA A Licence and studied the MSc Advanced Performance Football Coaching at USW. He currently has a number of roles including Head Coach at Bishop Burton College Football Academy, F.A. Affiliate Tutor Football Coaching L1-L2 & UEFA B and F.A. Coach Mentor.

Here, he answers some questions about his experience returning to education for postgraduate study and how this enhanced his career.

What were your reasons for joining the MSc programme?

Firstly, I joined the programme to satisfy an innate desire to continue learning and developing. Secondly, my initial contact with people involved with USW and the MSc programme, their warmth and passion enraptured me.

I had been fortunate to undertake and complete the UEFA A licence. Shortly afterwards I started my role within the college I currently work. This afforded me the opportunity to apply my practice in context whist regularly undertaking informal CPD. However, I had an inherent aspiration to stretch and challenge myself, but I felt a ‘glass ceiling’ had been reached with regards to continuing along the traditional coach development pathway. This coincided with a pre-season trip to USW with our college team, where we were privileged to be wrapped in the hospitality of Steve Savage. Conversation ensued in respect of the football specific learning opportunities that USW offered, and I sensed instantly this was the right place for me. Shortly after the trip I spoke with Dave Adams which cemented my feeling and I applied for the course.

How did you find the experience of being taught via a blended platform (online and residential)?

A blended delivery approach worked perfectly for me. Certainly, the residentials allowed an opportunity to connect, develop and maintain relationships with lecturers and fellow students alike. Such relationships were an integral and vital part of the rich learning experience I had at USW. Remote online learning supported autonomy, allowing me to plan and undertake a learning schedule relevant to my needs. Furthermore, learning remotely meant I could quickly shift my study and learning into discussion with colleagues and players within the college.   

How did the course improve you as a person/coach/professional?

Undertaking the course has broadened and deepened my knowledge and understanding of the game I love. It has furnished me with the tools to quench my curiosity and the confidence to apply my knowledge in action. I feel better equipped to nourish my basic needs and operate in a need supportive way. This, I believe, is a key to unlocking my potential and the potential of those who I support. 

How would you sum up your experience?

First class people – first class content – first class experience

What would you say to others who are thinking of studying this programme?

Throw off the shackles of hesitation and apply. It will not be easy, but it most certainly will be worth it.

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