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Inspiring Futures athlete and English Universities football player graduates in Psychology

Posted on 04 December 2019

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​MSc Psychology student Matthew Broadley graduates today after completing his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Leeds Trinity University alongside his commitments with the English Universities National Squad. 

24-year-old Matthew from Hull first joined the University in 2015, as an undergraduate studying Secondary Physical Education and Sports Development, before converting to a Master’s degree in Psychology.

Throughout his studies, Matthew has also played football for the University’s first team, semi-professional side Thackley AFC in Bradford, and was selected to play for the English Universities National Squad in 2018, winning the 2019 Home Nations tournament. After being selected for the National side, Matthew was supported through the Inspiring Futures Programme’s Sporting Excellence Fund, and he was awarded £260 to cover his travel, accommodation, kit and equipment for national matches.​​

Reflecting on his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University, Matthew said: “Leeds Trinity has given me plenty of experience and an insight into what path I would like to venture down next. I’ve had so many opportunities to increase my skills and experience, and have become more confident – I find it a lot easier talking to new people than I had previously.”

Matthew also participated in the Fiji volunteering programme with Think Pacific, an international volunteering company in partnership with the Fijan government. He spent four weeks in the country delivering youth and sports coaching projects in underprivileged communities, helping to transform the lives and opportunities for children in the area.

He added: “I have loved volunteering for Trinity Sport and helping them to encourage people to be more active and enjoy themselves. It’s a great moment seeing people taking part in sport with a smile on their face and especially those who wouldn’t have ever though to join in before.”

Sarah Todd, Sport Development Manager at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Matthew has been a true credit to Leeds Trinity University. He has excelled in both his sporting and his academic achievements over his four years with us. Dedicating his time to his studies, the University Football team, his voluntary work within Sport Development and his work overseas in Fiji with Think Pacific Matthew has always been active on campus! A large part of Matthew’s time here has been dedicated to his passion for Football. 

“Matthew is currently the only student to represent Leeds Trinity University within the English Universities Football set up, where he played against Manchester United Under 23’s as well as games against the other Home Nations. I am, of course, extremely proud of Matthew and everything he has achieved, I wish him all the best upon his graduation from Leeds Trinity.”

Matthew is currently working as a PE teacher at a secondary school in Hull, but he is planning on returning to Leeds next year to pursue further postgraduate study in Sports Psychology.