SOLIHULL College and Moseley Rugby Club have joined forces to offer a Sports Coaching Foundation Degree course that will help aspiring rugby players to kick-start their sporting and academic careers.
The two-year course is ideal for prospective students who wish to pursue a career in the sports sector. It is also an excellent option for those who are already in employment as it can be fitted alongside work commitments.
The course combines a highly valued Foundation Degree qualification with top quality coaching that enhances rugby skills, as well as employment, and subsequent educational prospects.
It will appeal especially to senior rugby players preparing for the future, young up-and-coming rugby players, and those focused on a career in elite or community coaching.
Nathan Williams, Paul Arnold and James Ireland, from Moseley’s 1st XV squad and community development teams have been on the course. Williams, a member of the first team and one of the stars of Moseley’s recent Cup Final victory at Twickenham, said: “This is an excellent course. It enables me to obtain a professional qualification which will enhance my job prospects when I retire from my rugby career.”
Moseley Colt, Callum McBurnie, has also benefited: “Having the opportunity to train at Moseley Rugby Club whilst continuing with my education was a huge reason why I applied for this course. It definitely helped me achieve my ambition of representative rugby this season.”
Knowledge of the sport is taught through a flexible modular curriculum including fitness, psychology, lifestyle and diet. Students are also offered practical assistance in gaining official RFU (Rugby Football Union) coaching and refereeing qualifications.
Richard Deane, Head of Sport at Solihull College, said: “The partnership with Moseley Rugby Club has added real value to the curriculum. Learners are able to put theory into practice as part of the Moseley Community Development Programme.”