On the course, students will study a two-year Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching, with the opportunity to complete a further “top up” year, allowing them to leave with a full BSc (Hons) degree in Football Coaching, Development and Administration.
Back when plans were being made for the degree, Stevie and his team at the Foundation were keen to design a course that would be compatible with most people’s needs.
“Delivery style is a blend of online lectures from our partners at the University of South Wales (USW) to tutor-led sessions delivered by us. There’ll be presentations, small group work and coaching demonstrations. There’s a whole mix of assessment styles, and many ways to put what you’ve learned into practice.”
The flexible nature of the course means it’s perfect for mature students or for those who wish to work a part-time job whilst studying.
“This is not a normal degree, where you’re in five days a week for a couple of hours,” Stevie continues. “The delivery is condensed into two longer days, that’ll run from 9am to 4pm. This allows students to balance work with studies.”
Undoubtedly, the link to Norwich City Football Club is a big draw.
“The fact we’re able to bring the tangible aspects of a professional football club to life, puts this course way ahead of any competitors. Students can benefit from guest speakers from the Club, unique experiences at Carrow Road and placements with the Foundation in the community to develop coaching experience. It’s all very closely aligned to CSF and the Football Club.”
Physical learning opportunities won’t just be limited to Norwich and Norfolk though.
Once a year, students will stay at the University of South Wales’s state-of-the-art High Performance Centre in Pontypridd for a week of on-site learning.
Every good degree needs a good ‘campus’, and the opportunity to study at the Community Sport Foundation’s brand new multi-million pound community hub, The Nest, is a big draw, reckons Bramble.
“Students will have access to brand new facilities on site: classrooms, I.T. suite and both 3G and grass pitches for practical coaching workshops,” he says.
“For those that haven’t experienced the site yet, it’s a really special space. Peaceful, lots of green space and some superb buildings and pitches. It’ll be really a unique place to study at, once its completed.”
Beyond the learning element, there is also the opportunity for year one students who are still eligible for U19 football, to access a full football training programme. Coaching is led by ex-Norwich City stars Adam Drury, Simon Lappin, and Ryan Jarvis.
Those that impress could be part of the Foundation’s U19 development squad, who represent the Canaries against other equivalent sides nationally.
So, with a number of students already enrolled on the course and the clock counting down to the start of the first ever ‘semester’, how is Stevie Bramble feeling?
“For me personally, it’s really exciting, There has been a massive amount of work put into it by the whole team, and we’re really proud of how it’s shaped up.”
“We can’t wait to welcome our first intake.”
For those that have yet to make a decision about their plans this September, it isn’t too late to enrol.
To find out more about the degree or to view a prospectus, click here.