Foundation Degree'

From College to Premiership Club

Two of the biggest Premiership football clubs in England, Manchester City and Everton, have selected two gifted and aspiring football coaches from Cheshire College – South & West to help lead their developing academies.

Students, Joe Fitzpatrick, 20, and Jack Tidd, 19, both from Ellesmere Port, have been working at the clubs to develop their skills whilst studying their two-year Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching.

Joe Fitzpatrick, currently working as a Coach at Manchester City Football Club said: “I’m so grateful to the College for this opportunity. Manchester City is a highly successful club, to have this exposure into the coaching and football world, as well as the level of experience gained from working at a Premier League Club, is incredible. I’m absolutely loving it. When I finish my Foundation Degree at the College I’m looking to complete a final third year at the University of Chester whilst continuing to work at the Club.”

The Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching is delivered in partnership with the University of Chester. The Foundation Degree is accredited by the University, with the first two years being taught at Cheshire College – South & West.

Jason Doggett, Sports Teacher and Football Academy Co-ordinator at Cheshire College – South & West commented: “We’ve been particularly impressed with Joe and Jack’s dedication and commitment to the course, and the sport. They have really paid attention to work and been willing to step out of their comfort zone to fully embrace their learning experience, which is set to help them tremendously in their careers.

“To have secured placements at two of the country’s biggest clubs with the support of the College has been unreal and I know they really value the experience they are gaining. They have established themselves as Development Centre Coaches, coaching gifted and talented young footballers in the hope they will progress to academy level football. Joe and Jacks’ role is to encourage the youngsters and help them to improve – ready for professional level football.

“Their success highlights the value in the College’s Football Academy programme, which enables students to develop their skills and knowledge to give them the best chance at progressing within an elite environment.”

Jack Tidd, who is coaching at Everton Football Club, added: “Working at Everton is great. I’m working with professionals every week and gaining the experience I need to further my career. I already feel more confident in my coaching ability and am really enjoying the work and the experience.”

For more information on studying Sports Coaching at Cheshire College – South & West, or for details on how to enrol on the Foundation Degree available in September, visit or call the College hotline on 01244 656555.

Planning for a career down under

For Construction student, Adrian Fabczak, his long-term goal of becoming an Architect was often a distant dream. However, thanks to the qualifications he has gained at Cheshire College – South & West’s Crewe Campus, his dream looks set to become a reality.

When Adrian, 23, left Poland in 2011, he chose to study at Cheshire College – South & West. Initially starting on an ESOL course, he’s now completing his BSc ‘top-up’ degree to gain a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management and has set his sights on a career in New Zealand to work as an Architect.

Speaking of his transition to the UK, Adrian commented: “It wasn’t a difficult decision to move from Poland as I always wanted to live elsewhere in the world, so when my parents decided to move to England, I jumped at the opportunity to make a life for myself here too.

“The difficult part of the process was the study. Whilst I had English lessons in Poland, I literally had to start from scratch when I arrived here. I had to really improve my English language before I was in a good enough position to begin my studies. It wasn’t easy but my tutors at Cheshire College – South & West have been amazing, they have been so supportive and immensely patient with me over the years, which has made all the difference.”

In 2017, Adrian completed his Foundation Degree in Construction, and is now on his way to completing a BSc (Hons) in Construction this year, which will enable him to progress further in his career.

Mark Jones, Student Adviser at Cheshire College – South & West said: “It’s been a privilege to get to know Adrian over the last few years through advising and helping him. He began his studies with us on the ESOL course here and since then has progressed through Level 1 and Level 3 Construction/Built Environment onto the Construction Foundation Degree and is now completing his BSc ‘top –up’ to gain a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management.

“Adrian was well suited for this course. Despite numerous barriers at the start, he has shown dedication, commitment and passion and has been an extremely conscientious student throughout his time with us.”

Adrian is currently working as an Assistant Architectural Technician for a nationwide house builder, which has allowed him to build on the essential skills he will need to progress.

He added: “Moving to New Zealand to pursue a career as an Architect only really felt possible when I finished my Foundation Degree in Construction. If last year is anything to go by, then I know my confidence and ability will continue to grow.

“I love learning, so if I could stay on I would but I think after seven years of studying, I am ready for the next chapter. I have no doubt that it will be hard work but I am looking forward to the challenge.”