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Rebecca Oldroyd

Career Path: Sport Development Lead, The Percy Hedley Foundation
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Whilst completing my undergraduate degree, I was really inspired by my lecturers and thought to myself, well if they can do it, so can I. I have always wanted to go into teaching but now I want to challenge myself and complete my masters and PhD to become a University Lecturer in sport.

What are you doing now?

I am currently studying MSc Professional Practice in Sport Coaching at Northumbria.Meee

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

The amazing city! I love living here and it has opened up so many opportunities for me. Northumbria itself has so much to offer and, for me, it was the sport facilities they have. Northumbria offers so much support no matter what the reason is, you are never judged and feel very at home and comfortable with all staff members and facilities.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I loved studying at Northumbria. We had a mixture of lectures, seminars, practicals, group work and individual projects. The variation of these worked very well and in particular it worked well for sport students as we all know that sport students can get restless.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

The sport staff are fantastic here! They are always supportive and most of them have a professional background so they have good knowledge in the area and provide you with real life examples from their experiences. They are really inspiring and always want you to do well and to reach and exceed your potential.

How connected was your course with industry?

It is a requirement for our modules to be practically engaged within the community, whether it's in a school or local sports club. We have to undertake placement in second and third year and a CPD module so this really is useful to gain valuable experience which may help students to decide on a potential career. We had guest lecturers in who were elite standard, working at Sunderland Football Club and also Newcastle United - it was always brilliant to hear their side of the story and see how they apply the theories into their practice.

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

Studying at Northumbria has allowed me to gain the best knowledge from each module. The course is very contemporary and is on par with the research that are provided to us and is very useful for any aspiring coaches or teachers to be able to apply the current theories into practice which not a lot of coaches or teachers will have. I also had the privilege to volunteer and work at world-class events such as the European Athletics, Tour de France and Rugby World Cup 2015. Studying at Northumbria has also allowed to me enhance my confidence to do these and I'm really proud I did.

What was the best thing about your course?

Meeting like-minded people is always a pleasure but having that insight into modern day coaching gives you a whole new perspective of what coaching is all about.

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

I have learned so much on my course and being able to go out there and feel ready to coach or teach anything is the best feeling. I have gained insight, knowledge and experiences I never thought I would. I now feel prepared and ready to live in the real world

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

I enjoyed everything at Northumbria to put it broadly. Its hard to narrow it down but it has been, and still is, the best experience of my life.

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about studying at Northumbria?

Get involved in everything you can. Get yourself known to members of staff, apply to volunteer, join societies and you will get everything you need. Everything available is there for a reason and that's to help students become the best and exceed their potential.

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

Invaluable, amazing and phenomenal.

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Twitter: @BeckyOldroyd2

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