£250 for volunteer

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A sports coaching student from the University of Worcester has been awarded a scholarship for his contribution to the sporting community.

Bilton’s Jonathan Patton, 21, has been given £250 from the University’s Scholarship Panel for his work as a volunteer at Coventry City Football Club and his involvement with Worcester Blind Football Club. It is the second time Jonathan has been successful in gaining a scholarship from the panel.

Jonathan travels to Coventry up to three times a week where his main focus is performance analysis. He helps to create coaching and motivational films and assists with athlete education.

He also helped Worcester Blind football club win the premiership last season as an analyst and where he now also acts as goalkeeper, which is the only sighted position in the team.

Jonathan said: “The money definitely helps make possible what I am trying to do. I’m travelling 60 miles to Coventry a few times a week so petrol costs do add up. I’ve also had to buy equipment for some activities.”

As well as his work within the community and final year studies Jonathan is involved in a drama production, football coaching and is a student representative for the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science.

Jonathan is hoping that a full time position will result from his work with Coventry City FC after his degree.