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Nathan Harrison

Career Path: Community Coach, Newcastle United Foundation
Location: Newcastle, UK

I wanted to get into sports coaching/teaching in some capacity, I had small jobs working in coaching but nothing major so I started volunteering for NUF. This led to casual hours of coaching, after I graduated I was offered a full time opportunity to be a community sports coach.

What are you doing now?Nathan Harrison

Teaching primary PE on a daily basis surround by evening work of coaching disabled footballs and young aspiring footballers.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The course had practicality and this was all demonstrated in an allied capacity which in comparison to alternative universities wasn't the case, this allows you to see what your daily leaning applies to your career at the end.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Due to the course being applied, we had one lecture per module a week followed, by several seminars or practicals to support this lecture and further develop learning. Feedback would always inspire you to study alternative areas in your field.

How connected was your course with industry?

Due to the applied nature it was very connected. All practicals gave you the chance to practice how it would be done on the field, then feedback from lectures would support your development to the delivery.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

The placement went side by side with the course and I was able to apply my learning on my placement.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course was definitely the people I met, not just the friends but the connection with lecturers and the networking which could be done from there which supported me further.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Looking at networking I was able to meet people in the coaching industry and I was able to observe and shadow top role models.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

I think the thing which I was taught from the first day was to take risks and try new things.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Meeting new people on my course and networking with others.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Do it, the minimum you will take away is a good social life and some new learning. However what you take away has endless capabilities.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

The next level!

For more information about me visit:

  • Twitter: @coachnathanh97

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