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Jamie achieves a first-class honours degree in sport

A mature student discovered his dyslexia diagnosis through a routine screening when he started a degree at Coleg Sir Gâr, but given the right support he has achieved a first-class honours degree in sports coaching and performance.

Jamie Bessant signed-up to the degree course as it was local and offered him the flexibility and financial security to be able to work at the same time.

He is now preparing to study an MSc in advanced performance football coaching at University of South Wales which is something he hadn’t planned at the start of his course as he lacked confidence in his academic abilities.

Jamie is also studying a UEFA A Licence through the FAW and hopes to continue his coaching skills and eventually work in the professional football field.

If he hadn’t applied for the sports degree at Coleg Sir Gâr, he may not have ever recognised his academic abilities and with the support of his lecturers, he has as a result, realised his potential and opened up pathways towards a very different career goal.

Whilst on the course, Jamie utilised the practical skills he learned and coached the under 13s at Haverfordwest County AFC and whilst studying, progressed to his current role as development team coach with the club’s under 19s.

Jamie Bessant said: “I personally have gained a lot from the degree as it has helped improve my coaching and also my knowledge of various subjects which include diet, injury, rehabilitation, coaching styles and methodology, sports performance and analysis, training and monitoring and strength and conditioning.

“I have also gained more confidence as it has challenged me and presented opportunities such as working with Swansea City Trust on the Premier League Kicks project which has turned into paid hours and helped enhance my CV. 

“All the lecturers are very knowledgeable and supportive, you are treated as an individual and they are all on hand to help, not just face to face but via email and also on Google chat.

“Knowing you have that support available is a great help and the lectures are also very flexible working with your personal commitments.”

As a result of the dyslexia diagnosis, Jamie was also able to change his learning style during his degree which enhanced his study experience and prepared him for further study at MSc level.