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Monday 31 March 2014

Centre director invited to speak to staff at Manchester City FC

Solent students scouting for Northern Ireland

Students from Solent University's football studies programme have been approached to provide a scouting support structure for the Northern Ireland FA. Working in conjunction with Kevin Braybrook, associate lecturer in football studies and UEFA Pro Licence holder, students are being given the opportunity to scout and monitor Northern Irish internationals at Premier League and Football league matches. Speaking about the opportunities the link-up provides, Kevin said: "We have developed good links in providing students with professional experience of monitoring and reporting on current internationals representing the Northern Ireland FA. The students are gaining valuable insights into elite international performance whilst producing player and team reports."

Centre director lectures at Manchester City FC

Centre director, Dr Richard Elliott, was invited to lecture to staff at Manchester City's academy last week. During the lecture, Richard discussed issues relating to player integration, and specifically the involvement of foreign players in Premier League academies. The lecture sparked an interesting debate revolving around a number of issues related to youth development and the effects of foreign players. Speaking after the event, Richard commented: "I'm delighted to have been invited to Manchester City football club and have thoroughly enjoyed speaking to the staff here. We've had a really good discussion in regards to a broad range of issues in the game and I hope that the attendees have taken something away from today's session."

Graduate takes up goalkeeping post

Football studies graduate, Tom Fawdry, has been appointed as head of academy goalkeeping for Charlton Athletic. Tom is responsible for the development of all academy goalkeepers, so that they have the best possible education in football. Not only is he responsible for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of every goalkeeping session, he also designs the practical syllabus and development programme. Discussing how his degree prepared him to work in the professional game, Tom said: “The football studies degree has not only enabled me to work day-to-day within the professional football industry, it has provided me with the necessary tools to be successful in an incredibly demanding environment. Throughout my time at Southampton Solent University, I was given the freedom and support to shape my own learning to my specialised career path. Since completing my degree in 2011, I have become head of academy goalkeeping within Portsmouth FC, and also held positions with QPR FC and Aldershot Town FC.” Football studies course leader, Clwyd Jones remarked: “Tom is an excellent example of a student with a proactive and 'can do' approach. With his passion for goalkeeping, I believe he will make a significant contribution to the future game.”