Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

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Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

HE&me

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HE&ME_standfirst. May vary in depth - shorter is better. May also go over two columns depending on picture. Name of person interviewed in black, please

Kevin Sinfield is one of the most successful players in English rugby league. He is currently the third-highest points-scorer in the history of the sport in England, and is Leeds Rhinos' highest points-scorer. At the end of August, he captained Leeds to their 13th Challenge Cup success. At the end of this season, he is switching codes to join rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie. In July, he graduated for a second time from Leeds Beckett University with a master's degree in sport business, following a BSc in sport and exercise science in 2008

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Where and when were you born?

Oldham, 1980.

How has this shaped you?

I come from a normal working-class family. [Oldham] was a really good place to grow up and I have fond memories of my childhood. I went to two decent schools and met some great friends along the way.

How does it feel to be a double Leeds Beckett graduate?

Really great. The first degree was probably a little bit easier. I don't mean that in terms of the actual [academic] level, just that it was a bit easier to balance my life back then. I started the first degree when I didn't have any kids. When I started the second one, I was in more of a [family] routine - I have two lads, and they were more dependent on my time. But I'm so glad and proud to have achieved both [degrees].

What was it like juggling your studies and rugby?

The master's was more about time management. Trying to study, read and research was the difficult part because you spend so many hours training, then your family take up a certain amount of time, and before you know it you're tired. It took me three years, and they were three quite long, arduous years, but so rewarding at the end.

Do you think that professional sportspeople think about what they're going to do when they retire?

I think that there's more awareness now. Five to 10 years ago, there was very little awareness and people were very surprised that [when] they finished their careers [they needed to find another job]. Certainly with rugby league players, there are very few people that earn enough money from the game to be able to retire full stop.

What drew you towards a master's in sport business? …

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