Sport Coaching and Leadership

Our Sport Coaching and Leadership courses have been carefully created to ensure you'll leave our University with in-depth subject expertise and highly developed transferable skills which are valued by employers in the world of sport.  

Our focus is centred on you developing evidence-based knowledge, experience and person-centred values. 

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Sports Coaching and Leadership at UCLan

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Hear from our students

The course has had a positive impact on my career. I’ve become more self-aware, reflective and able to apply critical thinking within my work at the club.
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Ian Buckman
Brighton & Hove Albion FC Academy Manager, and MSc graduate
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Why study with us

  • You’ll have the opportunity to work with professional sports organisations and clubs; to undertake work experience or research opportunities at home or abroad.

  • You will have the opportunity for international travel to enhance learning. Sport Coaching students recently visited Zambia, working on a sports for development project, supporting Sport In Action.
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What jobs can you get with a sports coaching degree?

Graduates from our Sport Coaching and Leadership programmes have gone on to a wide range of careers. Our alumni have been employed by a large number of professional football teams. These have been both in the UK and abroad, including one who was a Performance Analyst for a team at the FIFA World Cup. But it's not just professional football where our graduates end up. There are opportunities in professional sports, grassroots sport, school sport and outdoor education.

Studying sports coaching could lead to a future career as a:

  • Sports coach
  • Sport administrator
  • Sports therapist
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports development officer
  • Primary school teacher

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Interested in studying a degree with us? From exploring accommodation to visiting us at an Open Day, find out everything you need to know about life at UCLan.

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Meet the team

Dr Cliff Olsson
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Cliff teaches and leads across a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Sports Coaching. His area of expertise is in coaching pedagogy, coach development and sport and international development. Cliff's draws upon a wide range of experience in the f…

Bryan Jones
Head of School
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Bryan is the Head of School and is responsible for the smooth running of all operations within it. Bryan's background is in performance sport, having worked as a sport psychologist, strength and conditioning coach and performance coach in this domain. Bryan has also delivered per…