My name is Luke Diggle and at Everton Sixth Form College I studied BTEC Level 2 in Sport and also BTEC Level 3 in Sport. I am now currently studying at Everton Football College as an undergraduate on their Foundation Degree in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University. This particular course is a 2 year course with an option for a further year of study to graduate with a full Honours Degree in Sport Coaching. I would eventually like to train as a teacher.
Where I am now is solely down to the Everton staff who have supported me through it all from the start as a 16 year old to where I am now. The support I received from Everton was exceptional and supported me through all my studies. Not only does the College give you a ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ education, it also offers opportunities for coaching abroad. I have visited China twice whilst studying at college, once as a coach and again as a team leader. I have also visited Aruba twice during my University Foundation Degree taking part in a variety of football programmes. I hope to coach in America or Canada this summer to further my experience.
I cannot believe that I am nearly at the end of my undergraduate study and that this summer I will graduate with a foundation degree. The degree suits me as it gives you the opportunity to learn practically by carrying out work based learning. Being assessed practically through portfolios, team presentations and delivery of sessions has showcased my abilities and now I have the academic research and knowledge to put this good work into practice. I would never have thought this would happen to me or that I would be capable of this. I am grateful for the encouragement, belief in my abilities and support of my tutors and can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.
The experience and knowledge I gained from Everton Football College also gave me opportunities to work and coach outside. Nearly three years ago, I started volunteering as a helper with the U6 football team at Wisla Krakow UK academy. I was developing and improving as a coach which has led to me becoming the first team U12 coach. In addition to working as a coach in a football academy, over the past year, as part of my degree programme and to help me become the best I can be, I am also part of the EQUIP team. EQUIP strives to help people develop and fulfil their potential through sport, help them to learn, understand and improve key lifestyle skills that can make them become a great and positive member of society.
Studying the degree with Everton was a natural progression for me. I will graduate in 3 years with a BSc (Hons) degree from LJMU and have the opportunities to develop my coaching even further. This summer I plan to go to America with Challenger Sports to become a soccer camp leader.
With all the support and opportunities that Everton Football College have provided, I can say that the greatest chapter of my life started when I joined this college. After receiving all the help from everyone, I am happy to say that the decision of joining and being a part of this fantastic place gave me a chance to develop myself not just academically but personally and through playing or coaching football.