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Wednesday 31 July 2013

Football and business graduate living the American dream

Football studies and business graduate Declan Edwards has secured a full-time post in the United States as marketing director and youth coach at New York Premier Soccer. Based in upstate New York, Declan is responsible for developing the company's marketing strategy, press and PR, as well as player recruitment, scouting and coaching. Having travelled from the Republic of Ireland to study at Solent, Declan praised the preparation that he received during his time on the degree: "Thanks to the football studies and business degree, its staff, and the extensive networking available during the course, I was able to land my ideal job coming straight out of university. Not only did the course provide me with the football and business-related education needed to successfully apply for my role, it also allowed me to gain practical experience and employment in various different parts of the industry, which led to opportunities both in England and abroad. As a result of the course, I was also able to acquire a diverse and well-rounded set of transferable skills that will make me a more employable candidate in the future."

Football studies graduate loving life in New Zealand

Football studies graduate Steven Dillon is maximising the skills learnt during his degree as he develops his football career in New Zealand. Since leaving Solent University, Steven has been employed as a football development officer for the Auckland Football Federation and New Zealand Football. His responsibilities include delivering the award winning Whole of Football Plan, a blueprint for football development throughout New Zealand. It also enables him to be a certified coach educator on New Zealand Football junior, youth and senior level coach education courses. Additionally, Steven has been appointed as head youth coach at a national talent centre. Here he is responsible for identifying and nurturing talented young players from as early as 12 years old, in preparation for age group FIFA World Cups at under-17 and under-20 level. Discussing the value of his degree in preparing him for his role, Steven commented: "The football studies degree set me up for the realities of the football industry whilst teaching industry best practice across a wide variety of focus areas. The staff and their wealth of knowledge have passed on valuable hints and tips that enabled me to earn a full-time position in the game in one of the most beautiful parts of the world."

League Managers Association to sponsor graduation prizes

The League Managers Association (LMA) has agreed to sponsor two graduation prizes that will be awarded to the top students from each of Solent University's football degrees. The prizes, which will be awarded at the University's graduation ceremony in November, will consist of a monetary award and letter from the LMA. LMCFR Centre Director Dr Richard Elliott said of the sponsorship: "I'm absolutely delighted that the LMA have agreed to sponsor two prizes for our best performing students. Our links with the LMA are excellent and the award of these prizes will further highlight the link that has been developed over a number of years."