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Sports Student Gets Scholarship to Work at West Brom

A football-mad sports student at the University of Worcester has scooped a £500 scholarship to continue his work with Championship club West Bromwich Albion.

Will PatzWill Patz has been working as a fitness coach with the women’s team at the Club since last spring, advising in a sports science role, with particular focus on nutrition, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning practices.

University of Worcester lecturer Dave Mycock introduced Will to the Club in early 2008, while working with the Club’s Academy. The work has been aiding Will’s studies in Sports Coaching Science at the University of Worcester.

Will, aged 22 and a former Pershore High School pupil, has just secured a £500 scholarship from the University’s Scholarship Panel to help with his travel costs to and from the Club.

“This is the first time I have applied for a scholarship and I’m really pleased to have been able to secure one,” he said. “I’m at the Club about three times a week. It has been a fantastic placement and I’m hoping to stay on when I finish my degree and combine my work with a Masters.

“It has been a fantastic experience to work alongside some very skilled coaches. The women have been very receptive and I’ve received great feedback from them regarding my coaching sessions. It has been incredible to work with both the male and female set ups at such a prestigious club and I can only hope I’m able to continue my professional development with them.”

Students can apply to the scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, ie music or arts, or towards course-related activities.