The Malta Independent 20 April 2024, Saturday
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Triathlete first to graduate with Master’s in International Sport Coaching

Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 21:34 Last update: about 2 years ago

Partnership between Learning Works and Liverpool John Moores University

Triathlete Lara Buttigieg is the first student to receive a Master's degree in International Sport Coaching as a result of a collaboration between Learning Works and Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. A special graduation ceremony to mark this achievement was held recently at the former Auberge de France in Birgu, a 16th century building which today hosts the local council offices.

For this occasion, a delegation from the University led by the acting director of the School for Sport and Exercise Science within the University Dr Rebecca Murphy and including senior lecturing staff Dr Colum Cronin, Dr Amy Whitehead and Dr Sigrid Olthof.  Minister of Education and Sport Dr Clifton Grima was also present for the occasion.  Pio Vassallo, Vassallo Group CEO and a director of Learning Works presented the certificate to Ms Buttigieg in the presence of Vassallo Group founder Nazzareno Vassallo, Vassallo Group and Learning Works chairperson Natalie Briffa Farrugia, Learning Works CEO Charlo Bonnici and local Course Coordinator Dr Bernice Sant.

Currently 11 other students are following this programme on full time or part time basis.

Launched in September 2021 in conjunction with Learning Works, a further and higher education institution in Malta, the MSc International Sport Coaching programme brings world-leading sport science teaching to Maltese students while creating opportunities for knowledge sharing across the country's professional sport network.

The programme is designed to allow students to explore a range of topics, including athlete learning, talent development processes, physical and psychological training, performance analysis and social relationships in coaching. The course content is informed by the latest research and best practice in sport coaching from LJMU's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Applications are currently open for the next intake in September. An attractive early bird offer can be benefited for those applying by 30th June 2023. Visit or call on 79660054 for more information.

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