To introduce myself feels like a good place to start with, then adding more specific details and context regarding my application. While I was born in Brighton in the UK , after several years of working abroad I ended up residing in Sweden for the last 19 years. This August I moved back to live in Hampshire, and I am currently writing my thesis M.Sc in sports coaching and pedagogic, at Cardiff Metropolitan university, which is due early 2023.
I am very passionate and dedicated about my sports coach journey, which has included coaching and teaching in Sweden the last 11 years for both youth and seniors. I am continually looking to develop my knowledge, or learning new techniques & educational skills. This has included my attendance of numerous CPD events such as with Pierre Villepriux, and both the Canterbury Crusaders and Northampton saints in both the academy and first team training environments. However I think my various endeavors including the academy program and center of excellence in Sweden, my teaching experience and current postgraduate studies in sports coaching and pedagogy, mirror those accountabilities you are looking for in an applicant as director of sport or director/head coach for a school /academy rugby program.
Having previously both managed and implemented educational and sport support programs, I believe I have the skills and competencies to fulfill the role you have advertised, and what institutional or certification/ knowledge, needs to be learnt and completed, I would of course be keen to develop as a life learner.
I have liaised with players, parents,educational institutions and various stakeholders in previous roles. This included providing individual support (asynchronous or in person), tracking progress and reporting to the specific students/players and stakeholders, and included providing pedagogical recommendations. My own life experiences and previous employment provide unique perspectives both as rugby coach, teacher and parent, that can support these athletes/Students in their journey.
I am a keen believer that student/player welfare is an important factor that contributes in supporting both success on the pitch and in achieving the academic or vocational endeavor each individual has chosen to pursue. These roles are about supporting people and their individual needs,in excelling and being successful, and this I believe is an area where I have shown a proven track record of success.
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