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Thursday 30 April 2015

It's been a successful year for CPSMA

Football and Business graduate gets interactive

Whilst Solent University has a national and international reputation for producing ready-made graduates that go on to work for Premier League and Football League clubs, Football Studies and Business graduate, Dan Wells, is using his degree skills in a different kind of footballing environment. Since completing his degree, Dan has been working as part of the quality assurance team for the hugely popular Football Manager game. Responsible for ensuring the integrity of the game in terms of player movements and contracts, Dan believes the education he received at Solent was crucial in his day-to-day role making sure that the game is as realistic as possible.  He commented: "I studied the globalisation of football as part of the degree and feel that this unit is most relevant and heavily used in my work now. Migratory patterns and flows of talent into the elite leagues are key aspects in ensuring realism for the user when playing the game". Dan was speaking at the 2015 Kick It Out Raise Your Game conference held at Arsenal's Emirates stadium. It was at this event in 2014, that Dan was introduced to the team at Sports Interactive, the company responsible for Football Manager. For more information about Dan's role, visit:

Centre Director is guest of Kick It Out at Raise Your Game 2015

Centre Director, Dr. Richard Elliott, was guest of Kick It Out at their 2015 Raise Your Game conference held at Arsenal's Emirates stadium this week. The conference, which is designed to promote networking and employment opportunities for young people aspiring to secure employment in football, was an excellent opportunity for Dr. Elliott to catch up with a number of Solent graduates now working in the professional game. It was also an opportunity to meet with Kick It Out staff, who the University are working in partnership with to develop new education programmes. Speaking at the event, Dr. Elliott commented: I'm delighted to be working with Kick It Out and to have been invited to attend the Raise Your Game conference here at the Emirates today. It's been lovely to catch up with a number of graduates, some of whom I haven't seen for a number of years. As always, I'm overwhelmed by their successes and their enthusiasm for the betterment of the game."

Another successful year for the CPSMA

It's been another successful year for the Certificate in Professional Sports Management and Administration (Football). The course, which is run in partnership with the League Managers Association and funded by the Premier League and AON, is viewed as the 'industry-standard' course for administrators in professional football. It's no surprise then that the current group of students have been drawn from such a broad range of employers in the game. The course is currently comprised of students working for clubs and organisations such as: Manchester City, Birmingham City, Ipswich Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol Rovers, Derby County, The Football Association, Football Conference and Wembley Stadium. Now in its 16th year and with an alumni list that includes graduates from just about every one the country's 92 Premier League and Football League clubs, and all of the game's major stakeholders, the Certificates popularity continues to develop.