Sports degrees put students ahead of the game

"There's an identified need for football coaches at a grassroots level in the community, at professional clubs and academies, and at an elite level."

Ashley Gill, BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

22 August 2018

Staffordshire University has launched a new accelerated degree to meet the demand for professionally trained football coaches at home and abroad.

As the new football season and academic year kick off, Staffordshire University is accepting applications for the BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance two-year degree which is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Delivered in partnership with Staffordshire Football Association over two years – instead of the typical three for an undergraduate degree – the course which starts in September is supported by Stoke City Football Club and the Sir Stanley Mathews Coaching Foundation.

Course Leader Ashley Gill explained: “There's an identified need for football coaches at a grassroots level in the community, at professional clubs and academies, and at an elite level. Women's football is growing rapidly so there's a need for more coaches of female teams too.

“There has also been massive development internationally, especially in China which aims to establish 20,000 football training centres and 70,000 pitches by 2020.”

The course provides FA coaching qualifications and Ashley has secured top talent from the Football Association to help deliver the course. Students also have the opportunity to complete internships and work placements alongside their studies.

Staffordshire University already provides a range of recognised Sport and Exercise degrees which focus on pairing sports theory with practical experience. It has strong links with professional clubs and is well placed to meet demand for skilled sports coaches and therapists.

The University is also an established provider of accelerated degrees and offers two-year courses in a variety of subjects including Sports Strength and Conditioning.

Ashley said: “Instead of waiting three years to get into employment, these students will be able to go into the workplace after two.

“There is a demand for skilled football coaches and this way we can meet that demand more quickly.”

Kevin Staples, Head of Strategy and Investment at Staffordshire FA, added: “We see this as a great way to help develop the future generations of coaches and support current grassroots programmes.”

To apply or find out more about Staffordshire University’s Sport and Exercise degrees visit or call our Clearing hotline on 0800 590 830.


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