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Tuesday 31 December 2013

Centre director consulted by FA Commission

LMCFR director Dr Richard Elliott was invited to Wembley Stadium last week to meet with members of the FA Commission. The Commission, which has been formed to examine issues relating to the numbers of English players playing at the highest levels of club football, is calling on a range of experts as part of a knowledge gathering process. Richard, an expert on foreign player involvement in professional football, was asked questions about a number of research projects that he has conducted in the past decade. He was also asked about more general issues in respect of youth development, another area that he has studied in recent years. Richard says: "I'm really pleased to have been given the opportunity to share my views with the FA Commission. I hope that my work will help them to better understand the complexities of foreign player involvement and its effects on youth and national team development."

Graduate takes up dual role in professional game

Football studies graduate Zaheer Shah has secured employment with not one, but two professional clubs as he seeks to develop his career in the game. Zaheer, who graduated in 2012, has taken up posts as coach at Watford FC and performance analyst at Brentford FC. At Brentford, Zaheer joins Luke Lazenby, another Solent football studies graduate. Discussing the value of his degree in preparing him for his roles, Zaheer said: "Studying football studies at Solent University prepared me well for the challenges that I have had to overcome during my time with Watford FC and Brentford FC. The lecturers demand high standards and a solid work ethic. I would recommend the course to anyone who has a willingness to learn about the sport in-depth and network with industry professionals who will challenge you in preparation for life post-university."