Stephen Boddie

"College laid the foundations for a sports coaching background and university further improved my understanding of the challenging components of sports science."

Age: 25
Secondary school: Meldrum Academy
NESCol course: HND Coaching & Developing Sport
RGU course: BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science
Current role: Community Coach with Aberdeen Football Club

Why did you choose the Degree Link Route?

I felt that studying HND Sports Coaching with Development of Sport at college would allow me to develop the necessary skills needed for a career in the sport industry. The prospect of gaining valuable work experience alongside the college course was a big motivation for me.

What's been the best thing about the experience?

I felt that college laid the foundations for a sports coaching background and university further improved my understanding of the challenging components of sports science.

What was the best thing about studying at NESCol?

The college opened a pathway into football coaching through Aberdeen Football Club. All college students enrolled on the course had the opportunity to take part in a SFA Level Two Children's Football Coaching course and this was lead by two coaches from Aberdeen Football Club. After impressing during a practical assessment, I was selected to coach on a voluntary basis for Aberdeen FC in the community and thereafter employed on a part–time basis, planning and delivering sessions to school children after school hours whilst completing my college studies. Since then I have been supported through my coaching badges in both the youth/children's pathways and I am currently employed as a development coach within the Youth Academy setup at Aberdeen FC. Recently I obtained the highest qualification through the children's pathway: the 'SFA Advanced Children's License'.

What's the best thing about studying at RGU?

What appealed to me about going straight into 3rd year of university were the modules on offer within the course; they blended really well with my HND. Each module delved further into the physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspect of developing athletes – this related to the career that I am looking to move into in the future. The state–of–the–art facilities and high employability rate were also beneficial factors!

Would you recommend Degree Link to other students? Why?

If coaching and developing athletes is an interest then I would definitely recommend it. The college course gives a basis for developing sport and certain skills can be transferred towards university. The main benefit of college is the practical and work experience aspects that give important life skills to move into 3rd year at university.