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Monday 30 September 2013

Second student secures employment with Brentford FC

A second football studies student has secured employment with Sky Bet League One club, Brentford FC. Luke Lazenby, who recently completed the football studies degree and who gained experience at both Reading FC and Chelsea FC whilst studying, will join the club's academy as a performance analyst, and will join fellow Solent football graduate Gabriel Flores, who is a coach at the club. The club will also fund Luke to study for a master's degree in the subject area. Speaking about his appointment, Luke said: "The football studies degree has put me in a great position heading into my master's course. The degree has extensively developed my understanding of this field and industry. It has also increased my ability to approach both my new studies and employment with a professional and consistent mentality. I would urge students to make the most of their studies and absorb as much knowledge from the lecturers as possible to ensure they enter the football world as prepared as they can be".

Graduates going from strength to strength

Football studies graduates James Hicks and Tom Austin have been working hard since graduating from Solent University. After completing their studies, the Oxford-based students set up their own sports coaching company - Serious4Sport - that provides multi-sport coaching for children aged 18 months to seven years. The company has grown significantly in the last five years, so much so that James and Tom now employ a staff of qualified coaches and also provide sessions for primary schools in the Oxford area. Serious4Sport has been so successful in recent years that the Oxford Mail recently ran a feature on the company, praising James and Tom for all of the hard work they have done to provide a range of sporting opportunities for children in Oxfordshire.