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Trust’s students graduate from USW

Bristol City Community Trust’s football coaching degree students graduated from the University of South Wales (USW) this afternoon.

Following the completion of their two-year Foundation Degree course at Ashton Gate Stadium, delivered in partnership with the EFL Trust and USW, students got to celebrate their success with family, peers and education partners.

The Foundation Degree programme provides students with the opportunity to gain an industry-recognised coaching award, while also being affiliated to a specific club.

The courses variety enables students to develop the necessary skills, qualities and characteristics required to work within professional football club community departments or national governing bodies.

Alongside the academic element of the course, students complete up to 200 hours of voluntary coaching within the community, with the Community Trust and Academy staff, allowing students to embed and develop the coaching techniques learnt within lectures.

Elsewhere, the first group of students studying the top-up year (BSc Hons Football Coaching, Development and Administration) also graduated from the unique football programme designed in conjunction with the EFL Trust.

The top-up year provides students with the opportunity to gain a full degree, specific to football development and administration, aiding their current knowledge.

Bristol City Community Trust’s head of education Chris Stenner commented on the graduation ceremony, saying: “It has been fantastic to see so many students achieving such commendable grades following their two or three year studies.

“They have all shown great commitment throughout and I hope to see them continuing their journey in football or sport in the future.”

Having graduated from the programme, Mark Reynolds gained employment at the Trust as a football coaching degree mentor, helping to inspire the next generation of students.

“My time on the degree was fantastic,” Reynolds commented. “The academic content of the course delivered by USW has provided me with amazing knowledge that is vital in the sports industry.

“The Trust has provided a unique environment to undertake the course and provided opportunities to build my coaching experience, allowing me to build a reputation and subsequently gain employment.”

Bristol City Community Trust congratulates the following students:

Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development

  • Jordan Anstey
  • Sophie Sawyer
  • Jack Carling
  • Haydn Curry
  • Jake Stevens
  • Marcus Downton
  • Max Rawlings
  • Emily Stephens          

BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration

  • Nick Manifold
  • Max Brindley
  • Mark Reynolds

For more information on the Trust’s degree level courses or post-16 programmes, click here.