The Exclusive MSc in Sporting Directorship
Published 21 January 2018
Applications are now being accepted for VSI Executive Education MSc in Sporting Directorship, the globally accredited qualification and an established bench-mark for recruitment agents tasked with seeking out the next generation of leaders in the industry of sport.
VSI EE Director Tony Faulkner has for many years been recognised as one of the leading thinkers in the world of executive sport education and was responding to market demand in creating a pathway for athletes, coaches, managers and sporting professionals with ambitions to become strategic leaders in the boardroom.
Company research across a range of sports revealed a significant shortage of highly qualified individuals, with a strong background in sport but qualified to operate as a statutory company director collaborating with owners, chairman and other directors to shape the organisation’s sporting vision and philosophy with responsibility for then implementing this across all relevant departments.
Faulkner said: “We worked closely with the Centre of Sport Business and a team of cherry picked academics and it was clear that the program had to be one that carried international accreditation. It is accredited by the 2015 Business school of the year with teaching taking place right in the heart of Media City, a fabulous iconic location.
“It was designed for an elite group of individuals and as such it was critical, given the rampant globalisation of multiple sports, that graduates of this program know with certainty that it is a qualification recognised in territories as distant and diverse as Asia, the United States and Europe to name but a few. This internationally accredited course has been designed and is being continually updated for current and future sporting directors”
Olympians, international stars from rugby league, rugby union, cricket and football are already studying on an MSc that has really captured the industry’s imagination with Talk Sport’s legendary broadcaster Mark Saggers hosting a three hour prime-time live debate with Faulkner and VSI Chairman Andrew McIntyre around the future of sport at all levels.
Ashes legend Mathew Hoggard, Barnsley icon and now Academy Manager Bobby Hassle and current Bolton Wanderers full-back Andrew Taylor, all on VSI’s most recent cohort also delivered their expert opinions.
The show was broadcast live to listeners from the University of Salford’s state-of-the-art radio studio, located barely a stone’s throw from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
“It was a great night,” enthused Faulkner. It shows just what an impact the MSc is having on the industry that Talk Sport would up sticks and relocate their whole show from London to Manchester,” he added.
VSI run a host of executive sport education programs and the business has big ambitions for this year as it continues to deliver vocational courses that are gearing people up for real jobs in the world of sport.
But Faulkner insists it would not be possible without the support of bodies such as the Professional Footballer’s Association, English Cricket Board and the Rugby Players’ Association. He said: “They recognise that something must be done to stop the brain drain of talent out of sport. There are so many really bright individuals lost to the industry because in many cases working in the world of sport curtailed their education.
Professor Chris Brady, the academic leader for the program, believes that the real world experience brought by the participants, allied to the academic expertise brought by the faculty and visiting industry experts is unique in the sector. He has said, “being part of this program has been a fantastic experience for me personally and for our entire team. The commitment of the students and their willingness to learn from each other and from the faculty has been a breath of fresh air and reminds us all why we work in this field”.
“The MSc is a part-time two-year course with all of our cohorts working full time and attending the University for roughly two days every six weeks.
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