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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 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 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 Programme.”

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 Development strategy.

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:

Richard Deane
Tel: 0121 678 7000
Email: Richard.Deane@solihull.ac.uk
Solihull College 
Blossomfield Rd
Solihull, B91
More details of the Solihull College Course Here - (Opens in new window)

Dan Protherough,
Rugby Development Department,
Moseley Rugby Club,
Billesley Common,
Birmingham B13 0TP.

Tel: 0121 443 3631 or email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk

















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