Former Leigh College student and Manchester United Coach, James Wilcock, returned to the College to inspire current Sports students of the wide range of opportunities available to them on completion of their studies. The Manchester United Coach and former Foundation Degree (FdA) in Sports Coaching, student is enjoying a successful career in the sporting world after securing a position with Manchester United Soccer Schools which sees him travel across the globe to countries such as Azerbaijan, Qatar, Indonesia and Malaysia. Within the UK he works as an Academy Development Centre Coach, working with youth players throughout the North West with the aim of developing them into full Manchester United Academy players.

The talented coach began his career with Challenger Sports, an American based coaching organisation which enables talented British sportsmen and women with the opportunity to coach in America and Canada. James, 26, from Golborne says, “I returned to the College to inform students of the opportunities available within the coaching and sports industry. My advice to students is to combine their academic studies with experience and setting goals is key to achieving too.

My experience at the College was positive and certainly helped me on my way to a successful career.”

Michelle Fisher, Head of Sport added, “James is one of many former students succeeding within the sporting world. The visit into College certainly inspired our current Foundation Degree students who are studying on a two-year programme which is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). On behalf of the College I would like to wish James the best of luck with his future career"

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