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Friday 31 October 2014

Solent's football degrees gain industry endorsements

Solent's football studies and football studies and business degrees have been awarded a number of major new industry endorsements. The League Managers Association, Professional Football Coaches Association, Institute of Football Management and Administration and Professional Football Administrators Association, have all endorsed the quality of the football-specific education that Solent students receive whilst studying on the courses. LMCFR director and course leader for football studies and business, Dr Richard Elliott said of the endorsements: "These endorsements speak volumes about the quality of our football degrees here at Solent University. The endorsing bodies represent the interests of football managers, coaches and administrators working at the highest levels of the game. Prospective and existing students can feel comfortable in the knowledge that key industry partners believe that our degree courses meet the standards required to produce highly-skilled graduates, who posses the requisite skills to secure employment across a range of roles in professional football."

LMCFR 'cementing' University's football education provision

The LMCFR's importance to Solent University's activities in football specific education, research and consultancy has been recognised by The Sunday Times University Guide 2015. The Guide, which is published in the Sunday Times annually and provides details of all universities in the UK and Ireland, reported that: "The Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research is helping to cement the University’s reputation for academic study of the sport." This new endorsement follows a similar recommendation made in the Times Good University Guide last year where Solent University was described as a "leader in football-related academic study". Commenting on the endorsements, LMCFR director, Dr Richard Elliott said: "I'm delighted that the importance of the LMCFR has been recognised by the Sunday Times. The Centre is the crucial mechanism by which we manage many of the University's football-related activities. It has grown significantly in the past five years and I hope it will continue to do so in the future."

Second student secures role at AFC Bournemouth

Final year football studies student, Simon Goodey, has become the second student to secure employment in AFC Bournemouth's academy in as many months. Following Richard Knox, who was appointed as coach of the under-14s in September, Simon will take responsibility for the under-15 age group. Simon said of his appointment: " I have been able to gain this role through previous work experience, continuing personal self-development and the big influence Southampton Solent has had on improving my knowledge of the game. Solent has given me a deeper and broader knowledge of football which has supported me in gaining this position. The staff at Solent are very supportive and knowledgeable and allow driven students the chance to progress."

Graduate takes West Ham message to the USA

Football studies graduate, Matthew Brewster, is spreading the Premier League message across the Atlantic as a coach for West Ham United's international academy. Matthew, who graduated in 2013, has responsibility for a range of coaching activities including a specialism in goalkeeping.  Working with youth players across a range of age groups, Matthew is putting his Solent football education to good use every day. Discussing his role and the degree, he commented: "The football studies course helped me gain all sorts of vital knowledge about the game. Every single aspect that I studied is vital to have success in the game. When I come back to England I get involved and watch the academy coaches at West Ham to gain more knowledge. The course really helped me and I would not be doing what I do now if I had not attended the course."

Centre members publish new book

Centre director, Dr Richard Elliott, and centre member, Dr John Harris, have edited a new book that brings together a number of the world's leading experts in sport and migration to discuss migratory issues as they relate specifically to football. Published by Routledge, Football and Migration: Perspectives, places, players is the first book to focus on the increasingly complex series of migratory processes that contour the contemporary game. Drawing on multi-disciplinary approaches from sociology, history, geography and anthropology, the authors explore migration in established, emerging and transitional football contexts. More information about the book can be found by visiting:

Graduate's business going from strength to strength

Graduate Ben Doyle has established an innovative coaching company that uses a pioneering child development concept to teach skills through football. Having gained experience following his degree working with fellow graduates in the United States, Ben decided to develop his own company - one that is growing more quickly than he could have imagined. Using all of the skills he learnt whilst studying at Solent, Ben is now expanding Soccer Kidz and looking to open new coaching centres in different parts of the country. Speaking about his venture, Ben said: "Many people outside of the degree doubted my decision to study football. One year since graduation and I have a fully-established company that envisions the next step towards enhanced child development through football. Without the knowledge I gained from the course there would be little chance of making this dream possible." More information about Soccer Kidz can be found by visiting