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Saturday 31 August 2013

Solent announced as Saints' official university partner

Southampton Football Club has named Southampton Solent University as its official university partner. Solent’s leading position in sport science and football education, and our renowned football research centre, make the University a perfect partner for the Barclays Premier League side. The Club is looking forward to increasing awareness of Solent University at home and abroad, and exploring joint health initiatives with the Saints Foundation for the benefit of the city. Dominic Fawcett, Chief Commercial Officer at Southampton Football Club says: “We are proud to partner with Solent University. Their pioneering work in sports science and football studies has great synergy with ‘The Southampton Way’.”

Fulham post for football studies student

Second year football studies student Simon Goodey has been appointed as academy coach by Premier League club, Fulham. Simon, who joined the degree course already possessing coaching experience from Colchester United FC, will work under LMCFR professional member and Fulham FC academy director Huw Jennings while continuing his studies. Discussing how university staff recognised his potential and introduced him to the club, Simon commented: "I managed to secure the role with Fulham FC thanks to the lecturers at Southampton Solent University. Solent provided me with the opportunity to meet Fulham's academy director. This, coupled with my previous work experience, has supported me in gaining the position."

Football studies student secures Crystal Palace job

Having recently completed his football studies degree, Jamie Powell is absolutely delighted to have walked straight into full-time employment at a professional football club before he has even graduated. Jamie has joined newly promoted Premier League club Crystal Palace as head of academy performance analysis,with overall responsibility for the coding and analysis of players in the under-9 to under-16 age groups. Speaking about the value of his degree in helping to secure the post, Jamie said: “The football studies course at Southampton Solent University prepared me exceptionally well for a job in the football industry. As a performance analyst it is vitally important to have great communication, presentation and time management skills, and each and every unit on the course allowed me to develop and further hone those skills. I believe diversity is the key with the football studies course; it has equipped me with the requisite football knowledge, vocabulary, and understanding of a wide variety of subject matters - not just limited to the boundaries of the football field - that will allow me to be successful in any area of the industry."