Connor Phelan


  • Date Joined: 27th October 2021
Date of Birth: 30th May 1999
Position: right back, centre back · Height: 5’ 10” (178cms) · Weight: 11st 13lb (76kgs)

A recent graduate obtained a 2:1 alongside being an Athlete Scholar and playing semi-professional football. I feel that my course has opened my eyes even more broadening my understanding of how the body functions and what Talent Identification is all about. Having prior experience with coaching (such as achieving a Level 1 FA coaching badge) has also helped me along my three-year journey.

Three years at university have helped me develop academic skills. I have gained vital time management and organization skills through completing tasks according to deadlines, helping me to learn how to prioritize assignments. I have also expanded my communication skills through presentations, engaging with other students, and having 1 to 1 conversations whether this is a practical exam or just general with supervisors and lecturers. This has allowed me to be more confident in front of people. Furthermore, I find that my communication skills are also naturally developed through my captaincy in my final year at university being an athlete scholar in Team Northumbria Men’s 1st Football Team and being part of the football committee: Leadership is key to creating group cohesion within the team. I find that football has also helped in team building - it has allowed me to work effectively in group projects and presentations. I also believe that self-motivation is key to succeeding in my education, and my aspirations to achieve are what motivate me.

Furthermore, for the past three years, I have also played semi-professional football on a weekend playing to a good standard and earning valuable experience within nonleague football.
This course has also allowed me to express my creativity, as I had the opportunity to present my own ideas in practical coaching sessions. Completing a level 1 coaching badge in my own time was a rewarding experience, receiving a first-aid certificate and completing a child safeguarding course; I found this experience helped me to mature as a person.

Travelling is a hobby that I enjoy, my experience with traveling around the world has really broadened my experiences with different types of cultures. I have been lucky enough to travel and live in countries such as India, Qatar, America, New Zealand, and more through my father’s job as a professional football coach. I find that through travel I now have the ability to adapt to my surroundings, and I have also developed my knowledge of various cultures outside my own. I am a truly passionate person and I feel I have the determination and commitment to truly excel in the opportunities that come my way.
Connor Phelan

Key Achievements

  • 2021: Bsc (Hons) Degree in Applied Sport Science with Coaching
  • 2018 – 2021: Football Athlete Scholarship - Northumbria University
  • 2020/2021: Team Northumbria Mens 1st Captain
  • 2018/2019: Mens BUCS Premier North Champions, Team Northumbria
  • 2017/2018: Cardinal Newman College Football Academy Managers & Players Player of The Year
  • 2014/2015: Lancashire FA Representative
  • 2010: Otago Football Representative & Captain

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