When Matthew Rodney started his degree in
Sports Coaching he was a 28 year-old mature student in full-time
employment and with a new-born child. He was also a man determined
to set up his own business. Today, and with his degree successfully
completed, he has achieved his dream and now runs Sport4alluk as a
freelance sports coach.
Matthew’s decision to study at Wolverhampton
was based primarily on it being his local university and he was
quickly pleased with his decision.
“When I called up to enquire about the course
I was really impressed with the response of the staff. They showed
a true interest in me and in what I had previously achieved.
Conscious that I was a mature student this made me feel comfortable
Matthew also joined the University at a time
of major development and witnessed first hand the £50 million
improvement to facilities.
“I saw the transformation of the Walsall
campus – the new buildings were very modern and were a great place
During his studies Matthew took the
opportunity to do brief stints working abroad in Germany, Finland
and Poland to add to his work experience and his CV.
“I’d recommend to everyone to do as much
travelling as possible as it not only broadens your knowledge and
learning capacity but it also ignites creativity.”
It was also in his final year that Matthew set
“I used the coaching skills and knowledge that
I was learning to set up Sport4alluk and this gave me another way
of earning money to support my family”, he explains. “I also had a
Saturday morning junior soccer school where I was able to obtain
professional coaching qualifications.”
When Matthew graduated in 2010 he was able to
turn his full attention to his company and today, as his own boss,
he enjoys the challenges of a busy day.
“I get up at 6am every day and after training
in the gym, walking the dogs and taking my daughter to school I
start work. Being my own boss requires a lot of discipline and I
spend time every morning responding to enquiries and keeping on top
of the paperwork.
After that I can focus on the more exciting
things like training sessions and planning for the next game. I
also make time each day to investigate new investment or investor
opportunities as it’s important to always think about where the
money will be coming from!”
And Matthew recognises how his degree has
helped him achieve his career.
“My degree gave me the capacity to think at a
much deeper level than before and really raised my awareness of the
sport and coaching industry. It has also given me a much needed
boost to my self-esteem as I now know that I can focus and work on
a project for a length of time.”
“I have some great memories of being at
Wolverhampton, obviously the greatest was actually graduating as it
meant I had achieved what I had set out to achieve and all the hard
work was worth it!”
Matthew has the following advice for
“View your degree as an investment and treat
it as a growing stock that gets better the more effort you put
As part of Sport4alluk Matthew also runs a
Football Academy for 16-19 year olds based in Birmingham. For more
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