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RUSK'S PRO LICENCE JOURNEY

8 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Simon Rusk

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s coach Simon Rusk reflected on a rewarding experience, as he took the first steps towards gaining his UEFA Pro Licence qualification.
 
Rusk progressed through a demanding selection process to get onto the course, and gained plenty to take back to his role at the club.
 
He said: “It was quite a rigorous process to get onto the English course.
 
“You had to put together a few presentations of the type of work you’re doing and then went on a two-day event at St George’s Park.
 
“There was some psychometric testing, which was quite unconventional, and it put you out of your comfort zone. It was a rigorous process and I can be thankful that I gained entry onto such a course.”
 
Rusk provided an insight into the type of examination that he faced, before he ventured out to the European Under-21 Championship in Poland with the final group of applicants.
 
“One of the tests we had to do was to read a document under intensive circumstances, and then you went into a room where you were monitored in silence as you put together a detailed pre-season plan.
 
“That included a trip to China, which encapsulated all of your staff, and then straight away you’re pulled back into a room where an actor peppers you on the dossier you read three hours ago and you had to recall all of the information.
 
“It was all very aligned with putting people under pressure, and assessing how you react to that.
 
“I really enjoyed it and it’s something I gained a lot from, even if I hadn’t gained entry to the course. There were 60 people that got to that stage and I was one of the 24 who got onto the course.”
 
Rusk learned plenty from his peers on the course, and is looking forward to the next stage in October.
 
“There was a good mix of diversity on the course, with a collection of different people that work in the professional game at an elite level.
 
“Everyone on the course had great input and what’s great about them, is the conversations we had and the forums between managers where you can pick up some good information.
 
“From that point of view, it’s been brilliant and I am thoroughly enjoying it. The next module is in October which is aimed at helping you work at the very highest level of the game. I am really enjoying seeing it from that perspective.”


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