A competitive edge: Robert’s international soccer success

What really stood out was how practical and all-encompassing the subjects were – from load management, ethics and research – to the impact of exercise on the body.

Robert Le Guen
Master of Sport & Exercise Science

Robert Le Guen’s commitment to sports science has taken him around the world – all the way to Manchester City Football Club. With a passion for life-long learning, Robert pursued postgraduate studies, choosing VU for its hands-on approach.

"The sports industry is so competitive, so I was looking to get an advantage. My journey in sport science, and strength and conditioning has given me experience in three countries (USA, UK and Australia) but I was ready to increase my understanding of the body in athletics, so I decided to take the next step with postgraduate study.

When doing my research, VU’s Master of Sport Science stood out as more practical and in depth.

The coursework could be implemented in practical scenarios, which is what it’s all about for me as a practitioner. I was working at Manchester City with the girls’ side. In my role as a sport scientist, I could immediately apply the concepts that I was learning.

What really stood out to me was how practical and all-encompassing the subjects were – from load management, ethics and research – to the impact of exercise on the body. The study tour to Madrid was also an unforgettable experience and an opportunity to develop relationships with peers.

I’ve gained more confidence in sport science and I’ve maintained the many connections I made during the course – which are so crucial to success in this industry.

My partner plays professional football and her support and understanding of the sporting world helped to make my studies possible.

At the moment I have a great role at one of the greatest EPL clubs, and that drives my passion and desire to improve. Since completing my course I have been promoted several times, and I’m now Lead Youth Development Phase Sport Scientist for U15/U16.”

Robert studied

Master of Sport & Exercise Science