Iain Darbyshire

Iain Darbyshire

Level 3 BTEC Sport

Iain Darbyshire, is a true inspiration to sport students hoping to carve out a career in professional football.

At just 26 years of age, the former BTEC sport student has already celebrated a rewarding career in football-coaching that has seen him travel the world and secure the prestigious role of Head Coach for Cardiff City Women’s 1st team, who currently sit 3rd in the Welsh Premier Women's League.

Since graduating from college with a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Science, Iain’s role has taken him to the USA where he spent three years coaching soccer in Miami, New York and Boston. Upon his return to the UK, Iain decided to go back to University in South Wales to complete a football specific degree and gain his UEFA B licence qualification. The licence is one of the highest practical coaching licences available and is designed for candidates with significant talent in coaching techniques and skill building.

Iain said, “I would not have achieved any of this had I not attended and completed the BTEC programme with Stockport College, both for academic and personal development reasons.

“When I came to an open day, I was attracted to the fantastic sports programme, especially the football facilities, and this was a massive draw for me. There was also the opportunity to study extra qualifications such as sports massage, which I felt would enhance my employment prospects once I had finished college.

“The key skills I learned such as teamwork, communication, and confidence in presenting, along with an enhanced knowledge of the science behind sport, are still with me today and they are skills I use regularly in my current role.”

Over the last four years, Iain has also achieved a BSc in Football Coaching and Performance, and most recently completed an MSc in Advanced Football Coaching and Elite Player Development. His roles working in both the Manchester United Foundation and Cardiff City Foundation have led Iain to his current role as Head Coach of Cardiff City Women’s 1st team, representing Cardiff City FC in the highest league in Wales, and competing for Champions League football each season.