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Friday 31 July 2015

Graduates gain new roles at football clubs

Graduand becomes Barnet first team analyst

Third year Football Studies student and soon-to-be-graduate, Daniel Hutchings, has been appointed as first team performance analyst at Barnet FC. Daniel will be responsible for the analysis of all first team matches as Barnet seek to establish themselves back in the Football League. Discussing the value of his degree in preparing him for his first full-time role in the professional game, Daniel said: "The Football Studies degree at Southampton Solent University played a massive part in my employment in professional football. The lecturers are experienced and knowledgeable in the subject area and that made the lectures exciting to be a part of. Both the theoretical and practical sides of the degree and, of course, the fantastic guest lectures (which were a personal highlight!) are all prepared to be fun and interesting, yet also insightful. I found that self-discipline and organisation is key to succeeding on this degree. If a balance can be found between those then the degree and the staff's extensive links within football can certainly help ensure that a job in professional football is well within reach.

Graduate returns to new role at Chelsea

Football Studies and Business graduate, Sandeep Chohan has returned to Chelsea FC in a new role as ticketing administrator. Previously employed in the club's retail department, Sandeep returns to the club having worked in marketing at Millwall FC and ticketing at Reading FC since graduating. She'll be responsible for sales and administration at the club's Stamford Bridge ground. Speaking about her degree, Sandeep commented: "I have always had the business knowledge and experience in customer service, but the course allowed me to combine this with my passion, which is football. Studying the business units with real life football examples made the course enjoyable and fun to learn.