Sports Coaching graduate Gregory Ryder tells us about his experience
BA (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice, 2014
UCLan Sports Coaching Practice graduate, Gregory Ryder, has fulfilled his sporting ambition to take up Athletics Director role at BASIS International School in Shenzhen, China.
Gregory followed his passion for sport and chose to study at UCLan because “UCLan not only offered brilliant links with local teams and clubs within the North West, but their links with international summer placements really stood out.”
Immediately following graduation in 2014, Gregory began working as a Wellness Coach and Youth Centre Co-ordinator at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He took up this opportunity as a link that UCLan have sustained over many years to give his career a kick-start in the sporting industry.
After two years at the American University of Sharjah, Gregory was offered a position to work in China as a Physical Education Teacher for MultiSport Shanghai. In this role, he taught physical education classes at venues, clubs and schools in China, striving to provide the very highest quality of sports coaching services.
More recently, Gregory moved on to his current job as Athletics Director at BASIS International School Shenzhen. As part of this role, Gregory is responsible for planning, teaching and tutoring students at the school. The aim of the school program is to provide young people with an opportunity to develop and improve their social and physical skills through different sports and activities.
To get to this point in his career, Gregory took full advantage of enhancing his work experience during his time at UCLan through accessing opportunities from his course. He stated: “I was able to gain some excellent experience volunteering as a coach for local rugby and football teams and also spent three summers working in America as an outdoor adventure counsellor.” He further said: “Having the opportunity to work with such great coaches and players really put everything that I had been learning during my degree into practice.”
When asked what advice he would give to graduates wanting to do something similar, Gregory said: “UCLan has many links with potential employers, which has given me the chance to travel the world. Stay in the moment. While it’s natural for undergraduates to discuss postgraduate plans, first give yourself time to sort out who you are, where you are and where you are headed.”