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Watford FC and MDX team up for exciting new foundation degree in football coaching

The degree is "recognised as a unique work-based learning qualification exposing students to valuable work experience"

Middlesex University and Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust are launching an exciting and innovative Foundation Degree in Football Development & Coaching.

Linked to Watford FC, the degree combines practical coaching, underpinning theory and work-based learning within football development and coaching.

Students enrolled will be registered as a Middlesex University student and as such will be entitled to all the benefits associated with being one.

They will study at both MDX and at the Trust in their facilities at Cedars Youth & Community Centre in Harrow, and will also receive free Watford FC kit for work placements.

This Football Development & Coaching Foundation Degree is awarded by Middlesex University and is recognised as a unique work-based learning qualification exposing students to valuable work experience and preparing them for employment.

The University also provides progression routes that allow you to achieve a BA (Hons) by undertaking a final year of study at MDX subject to admissions criteria.

Neil Bangs, Director of Programmes for Sport at Middlesex University, spoke of his enthusiasm for the newly-launched degree: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us as a University to get involved with a Trust that has an amazing reputation in the community. We hope to build on our partnership by working together to support students to achieve exceptional work experience placements alongside their studies and Middlesex University has a range of alternative clubs and teams we already work with that can enhance the student’s experience further.”

Heading up the degree is the Trust’s Higher Education Strategic Lead, Laura Figg.

Ahead of their first year of operation Laura said: “We are very excited about this degree and the potential impact it can have on young people in the local community. University is not for everyone and this programme gives people a slightly different, more personal slant on higher education with delivery from industry professionals and work experience within the Trust. Students have a real opportunity to gain life-changing employability skills whilst studying towards a degree.”

You can find out more about the Foundation Degree with information from Watford and Middlesex University.

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