16 April 2018
USW’s Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award 2018. It has been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Digital Innovation of the Year’ category.
Students on the course are based at 32 football club learning hubs across the UK, including Southampton FC, Wigan Athletic FC, Derby County FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
The degree was designed in conjunction with the English Football League Trust to identify the type of skills and qualities that are required to work within professional football clubs community departments or national governing bodies in areas such as social inclusion, community coaching and football development.
The course is delivered through blended learning, combining
traditional face-to-face teaching with online delivery. Students only attend
the University in person for short residential periods (six days a year),
spending most of their time learning on the job at their professional football
club. This unique delivery framework combines the benefits of a full-time HE
degree programme with those of a real-world working environment and integrates
the vocational qualifications necessary for employment into the curriculum.
Rob Griffiths, Academic Subject Manager for Football
Development and Coaching, said: “We are really pleased that the degree has been
shortlisted for a national award. It is a unique degree and one that was
designed to enable students to remain based with their football clubs for the
majority of the time.
“The production of immersive digital content in a
purpose-built recording studio using the full-size indoor football pitch with
integrated cameras at the USW Sport Park is crucial to ensure that we are
providing students with interactive and immersive content throughout their two
years on the course.”
The winners will be announced at the THELMA Awards ceremony on Thursday 21 June.
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