Michael Castle

Michael Castle - BSc in Sport Development


Game, set and match for tennis graduate Michael

When Michael Castle moved from Birmingham to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2009, it was the unrivalled reputation of the Cardiff School of Sport which drew him to the university.

A keen sportsman, Michael had applied to study for a degree in Sport Development and Coaching, but narrowly missed his required entry grades at A level.

Instead, Michael was offered a different route to gaining his degree, by studying the same subject at HND level for two years at Cardiff Met and, if successful, completing the degree course in a third, final year.

Michael excelled in his subject, graduating in 2012 with a first class honours degree, and went on to study for a Master’s qualification in Performance Analysis at the Cardiff School of Sport.

During his time at university Michael got involved with the Cardiff Met tennis club, first on a social level and then as part of his on-going career plan.

Speaking about his time at university, Michael said: “When I first came to Cardiff, my sport was originally rugby, but I became more and more involved with the tennis side of things during my first two years at Cardiff Met.

“During my final year, an opportunity came up to apply for a role as a tennis co-ordinator, working in partnership with the Tennis Foundation and Cardiff Met, which I was really pleased to get.”

Michael now works part-time as a tennis co-ordinator alongside his Master’s studies. His role involves working with tennis partners to encourage participation in the sport, both recreationally and competitively, as well as improving tennis coaching and developing the sport at Cardiff Met generally.

The two-year contract is due to finish at the same time Michael completes his Master’s degree.

Michael said: “Although it can sometimes be difficult having both commitments working as a tennis co-ordinator at the same time as studying has been really useful and rewarding. The experience I’ve gained from my part-time role has contributed towards my studies and it also has given me the chance to develop a variety of skills which will be helpful to my future career plans, whether that’s coaching, performance analysis or sport development.”

Under the spotlight:

2009: Begins HND qualification in Sport Development at Cardiff Met
2011: One-year degree conversion
2012: Graduates with First Class Honours
2012: Begins Master’s Degree in Performance Analysis at Cardiff Met
2012-2014: Tennis Coordinator at Cardiff Met/Tennis Foundation

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