Johnnie left school aged 16 with no qualifications and had never considered studying. He is now enrolled on the final year of the BSc Football Coaching, Development and Administration degree and explains why he's glad to have come back to education.
"I chose this course because I was already coaching football in America for another company, and a friend recommended this course to me. Before that point I had never considered studying, I left school aged 16 with no qualifications. However, the opportunity to enhance my knowledge and push myself persuaded me to move to UKIS and study at USW.
The experience on the course has allowed me to view coaching in a completely different way and the variety of modules helps to develop in so many ways. The content links to what you do on the field and all lecturers have left a positive footprint in their own ways. I now realise my potential because of this course and have even more desire to get to where I want to be.
The main benefit to working in the US are the placement opportunities, and the chance to have consistent coaching and clear progressions. Your regional directors become your personal mentors who want to guide you and help you which is important as often in jobs there is poor management and a lack of role models. UKIS recognise talent and allow that to be nurtured."