Introducing Education Graduate, Will Dixon
Bristol Rovers Community Trust are very proud of our education system and the opportunities that we provide for all of our students. With the right attitude, a good work ethic and a desire to learn and develop, we feel that anyone can benefit from their experience at Bristol Rovers.
Will Dixon came to use after he finished his GCSE’s and wanted to enhance his learning in the sports industry. Since completing his BTEC level 3 in Sport and continuing into higher education with the Community Trust, Will has successfully be given the role as Assistant Coach for the re-launched ‘Gas Girls’ Development Squad. We spoke to Will about his experiences with the Community Trust.
Hi Will, how long have you been involved with the Community Trust as a student and as a coach?
I’ve been at the Community Trust for 5 years now, during my time at the trust I finished college and university whilst coaching at schools, after school clubs and universities. Along the way I also gained two FA coaching qualifications which were provided by the trust.
What has been your personal highlight over the last 5 years?
Although graduating from University was amazing, I would say my personal highlight would be scoring from the halfway line at The Mem during a Bristol Rovers staff event. I don’t I’ll ever be able to do that again.
Since graduating from the Community Trust and ‘Community Coaching’ degree programme, you have successfully become the new ‘Gas Girls’ Development Assistant Coach. How pleased were you to be given this role?
I was absolutely over the moon when I found out. To be given the opportunity to coach the ‘Gas Girls’ was something very important to me as I’m a huge advocate of women’s football and it’s exciting to see how the club has developed so early on. I can’t wait to season started.
How has the education system at the Community Trust made a difference to your life?
I think Bristol Rovers has helped me to improve myself as person massively. When I started the course I was quite a shy individual but I believe with the educational system Rovers have, it helps you try new things and take them head on and I believe that’s what gave me the confidence boost, not only at college but in my personal life as well.
You are another graduate who has furthered your career through hard work and a positive attitude. Would you recommend the BTEC courses at Bristol Rovers to any young persona interested in a career in sport?
I would certainly recommend this course to young person who is interested in this career. There’s a great balance of learning and playing and I believe that the tutors are very supportive and help you to make the right choices through every stage of your development. It’s made a huge difference to my life and I’m sure it will continue to be just as impactful for many others.