MSc Sport and Exercise Sciences

From October 2020 until September 2021 I took on the massive challenge of (eventually) studying for my Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Sunderland. This decision was pushed after that first lockdown and furlough stage where I eventually thought it’s now or never, something I had wanted to do probably for the past 7/8 years. It was not easy especially working full time whilst doing it, which worked out on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, using days holiday to be able to attend the lectures. These remained pretty much online for the whole course, with a few practical in person sessions when restrictions changed.

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The FA Youth Award – Module 1 & Module 2

The FA Youth Award is still in its first couple of years. With three different modules making up the Youth Award, if you decide to then be accessed for it. In March and June/July of this year I started the Youth Award by taking the module 1 and module 2 parts of the course.

The format of the courses are so different from anything that the FA has done before. They are very interactive and involve a lot of debates about the world of football coaching. I was lucky and had fantastic people on both of the courses, a lot of the people on module two had been on the same module one course as well. Which I think made it an even better experience, due to everyone being comfortable with each other before the course even started.

Both courses overlap as we go back to things discussed and learnt from module 1 on the module 2 course. As it’s all about building up the sessions and different ways you can do topics which you have probably coached for years. Also trying to move everyone away from the “stop, stand still” method. The focus being more on the players, whether that be as the whole group or individually.

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