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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An Introduction

I graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2008 with a degree BSc(hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences. I have always played football from a young age, been a Newcastle United season ticket holder for 6 seasons now, sometimes attend Sunderland games and South Shields FC in the Northern League.

I began my coaching journey at the end of 2005 when I started my Level 1 football coaching course, finishing it early in 2006. I then started coaching an under 9 boys team.

In the summer of 2007 I went out to Greece for 10 weeks as a football coach at a holiday resort.

In 2007/2008 I also done some coaching for girls teams of all different ages, as the club I was with at the time had a very good set up for girls teams.

In 2008 after graduating I started the Level 2 football coaching course, moving to a different level in coaching. Learning different ways to put everything across to players.

In March 2009 I headed out to New Jersey in the USA working for The Sports Factory/TSF Academy. I was out there for 5 and a half months before returning to England. I was working with girls teams of all ages.

Upon returning to England I passed me Level 2 assessment and began Level 3/UEFA B course in 2010. I am currently completing all the pack work in a build up to getting my final assessment.

This blog will focus on the world of football coaching.