Club and College join up
to deliver Sports Foundation Degree
Moseley Rugby Club and Solihull College have joined forces to offer a Sports
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 is modular and can be fitted around work
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 focussed on a career in elite
and/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, 1st XV
forward 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.”
Foundation Degrees are vocational qualifications that have been designed to
replace Higher National Diplomas. On successful completion, they can be
continued to full degrees.
Knowledge of the sport is taught through a flexible modular curriculum
including fitness, psychology, lifestyle and diet. Students - male and
female - 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
Delivery of the practical elements takes place at Moseley’s first class
facilities at Billesley Common which include a 3rd generation rubber crumb
all weather pitch as well as an International Rugby Board standard 1st team
grass pitch. Moseley Rugby Club has an outstanding track record in coaching
over 15,000 Birmingham students and schoolchildren every year as well as
providing many other community courses and activities.
The continual development of joint initiatives between Moseley Rugby Club
and Solihull College will ensure additional courses are introduced that will
expand and the professional development of the rugby club and its Community
Dan Protherough, Moseley’s Head of Community Development, said: “We are
delighted to be working with Solihull College on this venture. It provides
an attractive option for people of various ages to pursue their sporting
dreams, as well as other career options. The players who have taken the
course this year have all remarked how it has helped them with their
development as coaches for the club.”
For more information please contact:
Tel: 0121 678 7000
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Rugby Development Department,
Moseley Rugby Club,
Birmingham B13 0TP.
Tel: 0121 443 3631 or email email@example.com