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Garry Halsey

BA (Hons) Football Studies

Graduated 2014

Garry Halsey

This course is for you if you have a passion for football, and are interested in learning about the many different sides of the game: coaching sports psychology and sports massage, to name a few.

University helped me to gain invaluable work experience and contacts within the professional game, as well as knowledge surrounding both professional and grassroots football. Without my time at Solent, I would not have the confidence I now have in my abilities and understanding of the game. 

Thanks to Solent’s excellent contacts within professional football, I was given the opportunity to complete a season's internship as a first team performance analyst at then-league two side Aldershot Town FC. This opportunity allowed me to make contacts within the professional game, leading to a role working as a performance analyst within the first team goalkeeping setup at AFC Wimbledon the following season.

I was also coaching Solent’s own ladies football club during my final year, alongside two of my course mates, which is one of my best memories at Solent.

The first break in my career came when I was offered a role at Wiltshire County FA. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my role, it was short-lived as just a few months later I was successful in applying for a job within the professional game team at the English FA, where I remain almost 18 months on. Alongside my full time job, I have had the pleasure to coach at a number of different clubs including AFC Rushden and Diamonds, Northampton Town FC and currently Burton Albion FC.

Based at St George’s Park, the National Football Centre, I currently work right in the hustle and bustle of the English FA. My job is to support a number of FA Youth Coach Developers (FAYCDs) and National Coach Developers (NCDs) in their work throughout the country, in addition to collating and reporting the data they collect. I also assist in the running of FA coaching development programmes such as Pro Licence, A Licence and Advanced Youth Award courses. My working days often vary, from primarily admin days to more hands on support. Every day is different in my job, something that always keeps me on my toes.

For me, football has progressed from a hobby, to a degree, to a career, to a way of life. Cliché but true!

If you want a career in football industry, I'd advise you to build contacts whenever you can, as you never know what opportunities will arise. Be persistent but patient; travelling long distances and working long hours will all be worth it when you land your dream job.

Southampton FC
Solent is the official university partner of Southampton FC.
We work with them both on and off the pitch to develop sporting talent. Southampton FC recruits a high number of Solent alumni who have gone on to achieve success in the Club. Club staff regularly come into the University to deliver guest lectures on diverse subjects including hospitality, marketing and sponsorship.
Football student with SALA
Football students take charge of US juniors team
Two Solent BA (Hons) Football Studies students recently had the opportunity to play an integral part in the UK football tour of a school from America.
football about to be picked up by a goalie
Official partner with Hampshire FA
Solent University is an official partner of the Hampshire FA, working with clubs and young talent to support grassroots football in our local community.
Richard Bulling
Football studies grad inspires new generation at Watford FC
Our football degrees have seen many graduates go on to build successful careers at clubs in the Premier League and Football League. Richard Bulling graduated from BA (Hons) Football Studies and Business in 2015, and is currently working at Watford FC as a programme lead in their Community Sports and Education Trust.
The Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research
Solent University has been at the forefront of football research for a number of years. The LMCFR has excellent links within the football industry. The centre is a multi-disciplinary football education, research and consultancy centre which provides expert support for the football industry, students and the media in a number of areas.
Louis Langdown at the Unity 101 Awards
Lecturer receives award for his community football project
Louis Langdown, a lecturer in biomechanics and performance, was awarded a Unity 101 award for his dedication to young people through his 'The Footbally Family' project