Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching


Degree link with Solihull College

Solihull College and Moseley Rugby Club have launched a unique apprenticeship scheme that will enable talented young players to combine playing, training and skills development with studying for a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching.


Richard Deane, Head of School for Sport at Solihull College said: “For the first time these students will combine their sport with studying for a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching.  Moseley Rugby’s extensive community programme will provide the students with a practical dimension to their studies, as they will be able to go out into the community and deliver coaching sessions, not just in Rugby, but in a variety of sports.”

Dan Protherough, the Club’s Head of Sports Development, said: “The scheme will offer potential, professional rugby players with an academic element to their sport so that alternative career paths are available in later life when their playing careers come to an end. That has to be a positive thing and we are pleased to be working with Solihull College on the scheme.”

The new programme will also help to meet the growing demand for qualified sports coaches to work in schools and communities as government initiatives increase sporting activities in schools from 2 to 5 hours per week and look to develop extra curriculum sports in schools via the extended schools initiative.

The Foundation degree covers subject such as Physiology, Psychology, Skills Acquisition and a variety of Coaching Awards. It represents the first two years of a degree programme and students will be able to convert these qualifications into full degrees by completing a third year of study at higher education institutions such as the University of Derby, University of Worcester and the University of Wolverhampton.

For more information or an informal chat call Dan Protherough at Moseley on 0121 443 3631 or e-mail  or contact Richard Deane at Solihull College on 0121 678 7366


Photo: Richard Deane, Head of School for Sport at Solihull College (far left) and Dan Protherough, Head of Sports Development at Moseley Rugby (far right) are joined by two potential Foundation Degree students from the club’s playing staff, Paul Arnold and James Ireland.
















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