Working & studying full-time ain’t fun… especially when you’re doing BOTH full-time, your parents live too close for you to get into ‘residence’ and earn too much for you to qualify for any sort of study allowance, and you can’t live with them or ask them for money. Add on to that an educational system where they teach you A,B,C & D in class and expect you to write an assignment about L, M & R (added to which all members of your group will be living at home and undertaking internships, and all your teacher’s contact hours will be during hours when you need to work and their e-mails aren’t particularly helpful (and not even very nice sometimes, no matter how polite the email you sent to them was…)). Add on to this that what you REALLY want to study you actually CAN’T study in the country because none of their courses are advanced enough (foreign language) and you already have a qualification that puts your skills at a higher level than say… 90% of university graduates? (but of course, is not recognised outside of Japan @.@;; ) … and this is why I’m doing university in Taiwan.
I’m doing uni because the field I want to get into is pretty focused on your bits of paper. I met a lady in uni in Australia who was doing it solely because she’d been in her field 20 years, was teaching the new recruits and realised that - even though they knew next to nothing - their salary was far, far higher than hers… because they had degrees.
Yes, a degree shows dedication & perserverance, if nothing else (and depending what and where you studied, sometimes it really doesn’t show much else). In my experience, though (3 unis, 2 countries) the students with the best marks are all living at home and working less than 16 hours a week.
Not begrudging them that - if you’re lucky, then you’re lucky; be grateful for it! - but lay off the footie coach for not setting much store by a degree. In the field he seems to have specialised in a degree qualification won’t actually teach him much about how to do his job, by the sounds of it, and he’s obviously gone out and gotten the qualifications he needs to be a professional, so fair dues to him.
To the OP: I’d recommend you try a Uni. As soon as we hit uni here we all get chucked into physical activity like you wouldn’t believe (P.E. is compulsory for the first 2 years at my school, and you need to run 3km before you can graduate. There’s also a bazillion sports clubs). They definitely won’t hire you full-time without a degree (rephrase: they almost certainly are very unlikely to hire you full-time without a degree) but they might be able to hire you to teach a few classes, and the sports clubs usually hire an outside teacher to teach, too. And I know that at my uni, at least, you can teach in English - I’m guessing the top tier unis will be the same (all the students need to at least understand English)