Top job at Warrington Wolves for former University of Chester student

Posted on 11th October 2018

A former University of Chester student has achieved his dream of working in professional sport, with his role as Performance Analyst for the Super League First Team at Warrington Wolves.

Jack Phillips.
Jack Phillips.

Jack Phillips, aged 25, from Warrington, began his studies in a Sports Coaching Foundation degree, which he then topped up to a full undergraduate degree at the University’s Warrington Campus.

Jack said: “I wasn’t completely sure that I wanted to study at University, which is why I chose the Foundation degree. I wanted to see if it was for me, and fortunately it was! I chose to study Sports Coaching, as I have a keen interest in coaching and the development of children through sport.”

He added: “I was aware that Warrington Wolves used the University Campus as a training base and that the University had links to the Warrington Wolves Foundation. I wanted the opportunity to volunteer there and got a placement during my first year at University as part of one of my modules. After I completed my module, I continued volunteering, shadowing coaches in primary schools and then high schools during my second year.”

By the time Jack was in his third year of study, he was getting paid as a casual coach, and, after six months, he was offered a full-time contract as a Community Rugby League Coach with the Warrington Wolves Foundation. Jack said: “From here I was given the opportunity to shadow some of the professional coaches and film some games at the Club. From that, I gained a keen interest in performance analysis and I began to shadow the Head of Performance Analysis.”

After undertaking this performance analysis work as part of the Warrington Wolves Youth Programme, Jack earned a place on the MSc Sports Science (Performance Analysis) programme on the University of Chester’s Parkgate Road Campus.

Jack said: “Gaining the qualifications I did at the University has enabled me to fulfil a lifelong ambition of working in professional sport by giving me the platform to succeed in this industry. I would encourage every student to take advantage of the volunteering opportunities available to them while they are at University.”

Jack now works as the full-time Performance Analyst for the Super League First Team at the Warrington Wolves and is hoping to return to the University to deliver lectures on performance in sport and analysis.

Jason Clare, Programme Leader for FdSc Sports Coaching at the Warrington Campus, said: “Jack is a really great example of a student who has a passion for his sport and grasped the additional opportunities that are available to students with both hands. As the First Team training base for Warrington Wolves, and with excellent links with their charitable foundation, we are well placed to help students gain that vital experience they need to stand out for a career in the industry. The department is really proud of Jack’s achievements and delighted that he is willing to share his valuable experiences, including some real insights into the world of performance analysis, with future students.”