Staffs graduate signed by Leicester City FC

“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.”

Find out more about studying BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching here. 

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