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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