“The degree really helped to keep me motivated and the fact that my lecturers supported me made a huge difference. I am really excited to have made the move to Leicester and hope I'll continue to make the university proud.”
Josh Gordon, BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching
A Staffordshire University sports graduate has been signed by Premier League Champions Leicester City Football Club.
22-year-old Josh Gordon from Birches Head always dreamed of playing professional football but was determined to complete a degree and studied BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching.
Despite playing for non-league sides Nantwich Town FC and Rhyl FC throughout his studies Josh gained a first for his dissertation and graduated with a high 2.1 last summer before moving to Stafford Rangers FC.
He said: “The degree really helped to keep me motivated and the fact that my lecturers supported me made a huge difference. I am really excited to have made the move to Leicester and hope I'll continue to make the university proud.”
Alison Bambridge, Lecturer in Sport Sociology, said: “We're so pleased for Josh, it couldn't have happened to a nicer person. He even popped in to thank us and gave me a signed Leicester shirt!
“Josh worked really hard and improved throughout the course. When he was at Rhyl, he would come to lectures and then have to drive 3 hours to Wales for matches. That just shows his level of dedication.”
The Sports Development and Coaching degree has a strong focus on practical coaching skills combined with the study of coaching and sports related theory. Students spend 150 hours on placement in a sporting environment of their choice and additionally take modules covering sports management, development, sociology and policy.
Course Leader Chris Lee said: “The course equips students with an intellectual and technical understanding of the sports industry, which I'm sure will help Josh in a professional football environment.
“Josh had a real talent for coaching and hopefully he will be able to carry that with him as a professional player. He was a good student, always happy and smiling, and I'm sure it won't be long until we see him playing in Leicester's first team.”
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