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The Football Industry needs YOU

The Football Industry needs YOU!

Football is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide worth billions. Great investment has been made at grass-root level to discover the next Wayne Rooney or Marcus Rashford. But what about coaching staff? Gone were the days where anyone could get a whistle and become a football coach. The beautiful game needs specialist professionals.

But what makes a great coach? 

Firstly, you don’t need to be a good player to be a good coach. But it is important that you understand the game, its skills and techniques because the better you understand, the better equipped you’ll be to pass these skills and knowledge on to your players.  It's more about your ability to lead and bring your team together, looking at how each player can build on their strengths and address their weaknesses.  

Communication is something that all good coaches need to be masters of. You not only need to be able to tell or show your players what you want them to do but do so in a way that you know your players will understand. Everyone takes in information differently, some people are great listeners, some learn by doing. Your jobs, as a coach, is to understand your players to get the best performance out of everyone.

But it's important to realise that building skills like communication and leadership take time. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are great coaches.  

So what’s the next step?

The Football Coaching and the Performance Specialist degree at Wrexham Glyndwr University is a great route into coaching, integrating football coaching qualifications into an academic course to help students gain employment in the football industry.  

The Football Coaching and the Performance Specialist degree at Wrexham Glyndwr University is a great route into coaching, integrating football coaching qualifications into an academic course to help students gain employment in the football industry.

The course content is aligned with the coach education pathway of the Football Association of Wales (FAW), providing a unique opportunity to access the FAW C Certificate (Level 2) and the UEFA B Licence within their degree programme. This course allows students to explore football-specific theory and research which can be applied to the football environment via our many external partners. 

As a student, you will study both at the Wrexham Campus and also at the brand new Collier’s Park facility which houses our very own state of the art analysis suite, teaching zones and 3G pitch.

Our current third-year student and UEFA/FAW A Licence & UEFA Elite Youth A Licence candidate, Jamie Crowther shared his thoughts on his academic and coaching journey at Wrexham Glyndwr University:

“My time on the BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and the Performance Specialist degree has been a real thought-provoking journey. The dedicated professional tutors have both supported and challenged me throughout my 3 years. The degree has enabled me to process the theoretical knowledge and underpinning and apply it within my own working environment. The course has opened up different pathways with various potential future careers”. 

 

About the Author

Sara Hilton

Sara Hilton

Sara Hilton is a Lecturer of Football and Coaching Science at Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University. Following a successful playing career, Sara began coaching in 2011 and continues to work as a level 1, level 2 and level 3 coach educator for the FAW Trust.

She currently teaches on the BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and the Performance Specialist and BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching for Participation and Performance Development programmes.

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