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John McGuigan

BA (Hons) Sports Coaching, 2008

UCLan Sports Coaching graduate, John McGuigan, has boosted his career with a performance analysis role at Hudl.

John McGuigan chose to study BA (Hons) Sports Coaching at UCLan due to his passion for sport as well as the mix of academic and practical-based learning and the good industry links that the course offered.

After graduating from the University in 2008, John fulfilled analysis roles with Blackpool Football Club, the English Football Association, Manchester City Football Club and Ghana Football Association. He also did some part-time coaching and teaching in further education colleges.

John currently works at Hudl where his role involves elite education, training, support, workshops and working at keynote events. He is involved in developing a leading performance analysis education programme for staff and players from elite organisations which are using Hudl platforms in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States of America and Asia-Pacific regions. He also provides feedback to the product design team on existing and future software.

Reflecting on his time at UCLan, John said: “The course was delivered in a variety of environments which I always enjoyed; lectures, seminars, gym, sports hall, outdoors. The practical sessions and trips helped to create a special bond in the group. The links to industry led directly to where I am today 100%.”

John expressed that his degree has had a positive impact on his career as “the practical experience and placements were a huge boost to my CV early on”. He further added: “Coaching knowledge and skills I gained have been transferrable into delivery of workshops and presentations.”

When giving advice to students wishing to follow a similar career path, John stated: “Time flies, don’t waste it. The industry is so competitive that you have to make the most of every minute you get with more experienced professionals than yourself. It can be tough at times but stay patient and enjoy the highs when they inevitably come along.”

08 March 2019