Meet the course leader: Bobby Briers

Bobby Briers

Bobby has been at the university since 2009, as an undergraduate & post graduate student, and more recently as a member of staff. Having been through the full process of a student at the university he is able to transfer his experiences to pass on to the current year groups. Bobby also holds a number of external qualifications including FAW Level 2 Tutor, as well as UEFA B Licence, allowing him to train as a tutor to deliver both externally with the FAW, as well as internally at USW for both our ‘blended learning’ and ‘on campus’ students.

Bobby is now the Course Leader for the FD Community Football Coaching & Development course & BSc (Top-up) Football Coaching Development & Administration at the University of South Wales. 
A course that is run in collaboration with the EFL Trust involving students who will study their Foundation Degree at their local EFL club. As a result of this, their course is known a ‘Blended learning course’. This consists of a blend of lectures being viewed via video and attending residential visits to USW to fulfil any content / assessment that can’t be delivered / demonstrated online.

Predominantly his role involves course management of approximately 450 year 1,2 & 3 students along with the 34 EFLT club mentors that are involved on the programme. 

Bobby is also module leader on 2 modules on the blended learning course:
Football Event Management (year 1)
Sport Placement (year2)

Previously he held a role as Technical Demonstrator in football which entailed the delivery of the FAW C Certificate to all USW football students, using a blend of both theoretical and practical learning. Also encompassed in this role he provided feedback, mentored students, and assisted students with coursework, as well as practical assessments.

“It is great to be able to give opportunity to our own. We try and provide a platform for our students to put into practice their knowledge, ideas & methods. Giving real life experiences - being in charge of teams & delivering training sessions, we feel will only progress a coaches’ development through opportunities like these, with preparation for employment being the focus of these opportunities.”