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🎓 Study your degree with the Foundation

There is still time to enrol on the Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development starting this September!

The Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development provides an opportunity to gain an industry-recognised coaching award while being affiliated to Bristol City Robins Foundation.

This unique and award-winning football coaching course has been designed in conjunction with the English Football League Trust (EFLT) to develop the type of skills and qualities that are required to work within professional football clubs’ community departments or national governing bodies in areas such as social inclusion, community coaching and football development.

You’ll learn about children and youth coaching, football coaching, football development, social inclusion, and sports management skills. You will be based predominantly at Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City FC, with a minimum of two residential visits per year to the USW Sport Park, the £3.7m state-of-the-art coaching and performance development centre.

🚨 Spaces for September 2022 are still available! 🚨

To register your interest, click the link below and one of the Club Mentors will be in touch with you soon.

Register here


📚 Modules & Teaching

The Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching and Development will be based at Bristol City FC, and lectures, seminars and tutorials will be delivered on-site and via provided material. Our football coaching course allows students to study all sub-disciplines of coaching and gain valuable industry-recognised qualifications. The course will teach you aspects of generic children and youth coaching, football coaching, football development, social inclusion, and sports management skills. There will be further opportunities to apply your knowledge with an extensive work-based learning programme provided by the club, working within specific roles and real-life football projects.

Year One

  • Managing and Developing Football in the Community
  • Academic Research and Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Sports Development
  • Introduction to Sports Science for Coaching
  • Football Coaching Theory to Practice
  • Technical Planning and Reflective Practice in Football

Year Two

  • Football In Society
  • Sports Science in Football
  • Youth Football Coaching
  • PE and School Sport
  • Sport Placement

You will be enrolled as a student at the University of South Wales and have access to a number of learning materials. You will have access to an online library, blackboard and other learning materials, and will spend time at the USW Sport Park to complete practical coaching. In year two you will complete up to 200 hours of coaching (work-based learning) that is managed through weekly tutorials and a comprehensive mentoring programme. Also, you will study towards your UEFA C Football Coaching Certificate and will have numerous opportunities to undertake additional vocational awards


💡 Work-Based Learning & Coach Education

Unlike more ‘traditional’ university courses, our Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching and Development gives students the chance to undertake an extensive work-based learning programme enabling students to put the knowledge learned from the lectures, seminars and tutorials into practical, real-life scenarios. Our Coach Education workshops build on this with students having the opportunity to plan & deliver practical sessions. Guest speakers will be invited in to discuss relevant topics giving all students the chance to build relationships and network with industry experts. In addition to the Coach Education workshops, students will access numerous opportunities with the Robins Foundation, working on a range of community & education projects such as social inclusion, mental and physical well being, school and grass-root club development & assistant coach roles on our BTEC programmes. New for 2022-23 we are extremely excited to have placements based in Bristol City Women’s Regional Talent Centre. Continuous feedback from club mentors and external contacts help to prepare students for their practical assessments and aid professional development.


💻 Assessment

Learning and teaching methods include presentations, session planning, practical sports coaching and leadership assessments, work-based learning assessments, posters and leaflets, reflective blogs and multiple choice questionnaires (MCQ’s). This range of assessment and learning approaches ensures that you gain a wide variety of skills.


🎓 Careers

Graduates of the Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development can pursue careers as a performance coach; sports or football development officer; multi-skills sports coach; school sport coordinator; talent coach; club coach; participation coach; PE teacher; FE college lecturer; primary school teacher; coaches, workforce and coach education coordinators; sports management and administration positions; self-employed business managers.


📩 Register now

To register your interest, please follow the link below and one of the Club Mentors will be in touch with you soon.

Register here


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