USW graduate and masters student Mike Connor is a Rugby Coordinator for the WRU.
After studying the Foundation Degree in Rugby Coaching and Performance, he then went on to study the BSc Sports Coaching. Mike is now completing his master's degree in Sports Coaching and Performance.
"I decided to study the Foundation Degree in Rugby Coaching and Performance because I’m a rugby fanatic! Though I have never been a great player, I always felt that rugby coaching would be the best path for me.
We had a diverse learning group that would share a lot of ideas, and our lecturers would challenge our knowledge and understanding. This was really beneficial.
The Foundation Degree in Rugby Coaching and Performance was great - it allowed me to network and build relationships so that when I was ready to apply for jobs, I had already showcased myself in the voluntary roles I had during the course.
Since graduating, I have had a variety of roles such as, Cardiff Schools Dewar Shield U15s Assistant coach, Vale schools Dewar Shield U15s Head Coach, Blues U16s South Scrum/Lineout coach, Blues U18s Women's Head Coach, Blues Women Forward Coach, Capitals Girls rugby Cluster Chairman, East Wales Women 7s Head coach in UK School Games, Olorun Ponty Butchers Women's Head Coach, Emerging Wales Women Forwards assistant coach (2017/18), Llandaff RFC Assistant & Head Coach, Poland U18s Women 7s assistant coach (1 Competition).
If you're looking to study the Foundation Degree in Rugby Coaching and Performance, work hard, don't restrict yourself by doing the minimum - always do more.
No job is too small - make sure you do plenty of volunteer work, you don’t know what it could lead to.