I’m proud my dyslexia hasn't held me back

Kristoff Young - MSc in Sports Coaching and Performance

Kristoff Young, 23, is graduating with a Merit in MSc Sports Coaching and Performance. Having been diagnosed with dyslexia in primary school, Kristoff has always struggled with reading and spelling, but he was determined to prove everyone wrong by doing exceptionally well at university.

“Even though I found school difficult a lot of the time, my main passion was rugby. So, I decided to focus on sport. Luckily, thanks to my mum, who raised me single-handedly, and the teachers, who made sure I got the help I needed, I managed to get support early on.

My main love was rugby union, but I’ve also played rugby league and have been refereeing in both rugby union and rugby league for the past few years. The USW Sports Park is a fantastic asset to the University, and the location means that it’s accessible for so many students.

There’s a great vibe around USW, and I enjoyed my time here, especially as the teaching staff are so knowledgeable in their field and can pass on brilliant advice.

The University has helped me get to where I am today. I’m proud to say that my dyslexia has not held me back. During the course, I had regular one-to-one meetings with my mentor. It was a huge part of me being able to focus on my studies.  I also got the most out of the course.”

Kristoff has recently started work at Bristol Sport Foundation as a community coach, delivering sessions in rugby, football, netball, dodgeball and cricket to primary schools in the area.