THE Global Institute of Sport (GIS), the leading destination for educational Master’s degrees covering the world of football and the sports industry, will now offer degrees tailored specifically to Australians.
For the first time and launching in January 2023, aspiring Australian administrators and coaches will have the opportunity to learn from several highly regarded global sporting academics, all from the comfort of home.
Unlike other sport education options, GIS is powered by a global network of industry leaders and offers in venue education from some of the world’s most prestigious stadium venues.
In the case of Australia, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is one of GIS’s premier global hubs. This gives participants the opportunity to study online or within a blended model, utilising the MCG during periods of the degree for onsite learning.
Other global hubs include Wembley Stadium in London (UK), Etihad Stadium in Manchester (UK), DRV PNK Stadium in Miami (USA), Red Bull Arena in New York (USA), Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (USA) and BMO Field in Toronto (Canada).
With a strong link to football in the UK where GIS has the largest cohort of sports students in the UK, the Australian tailored Master’s degrees include MSc Football Coaching & Analysis, MSc International Sport Management and MSc Football Business.
Many of the UK’s leading administrators will be teaching the degrees including Christopher Winn (co-author of the Deloitte Football Money League), Mike Walsh (coached at Manchester United, Manchester City, Preston North End, Blackpool and Wrexham) and Danielle Prescott (professional scout at Manchester United).
GIS Chairman Brendan Flood, the former Director of Premier League club Burnley FC, said he is excited to offer Master’s degrees in formats suitable for Australians.
“Our aim is to offer a unique educational opportunity for those who are motivated and want to enhance their journey within the sports industry. We know Australia is one of the world’s greatest sporting nations. With the MCG at the heart of that, we believe these Master’s degrees will provide the tools to help students secure their desired career path whether that be in administration or coaching.”
In additional to the Master’s degrees, students will also have the opportunity to attend the Global Sports Summit held at the MCG in July 2023.
Many of Australia’s leading sports administrators are associated with GIS, with the likes of Jennifer Watt (General Manager, Commercial Operations & Partnerships at the Melbourne
Cricket Club), James Rosengarten (General Manager at Melbourne Renegades) and Kimon Taliadoros (CEO, Football Victoria), on the APAC Industry Advisory Board.
GIS are also offering an educational opportunity for aspiring AFL administrators with the Certificate in the Business of Australian Football.
Providing students the ability to enhance their understanding of the multidisciplinary business of the AFL and AFLW, the course will be run as a two day in-person study session at the MCG. Former North Melbourne CEO and General Manager of Football at Collingwood FC, Geoff Walsh, will host the sessions with current Head of Football at Carlton FC, Brad Lloyd appearing as a guest presenter.
Designed to establish a theoretical and practical understanding of AFL recruiting, list management, football operations and football department leadership, the course will run on July 6th and July 7th 2022.
Further information and degree registration can be made at gis.sport/au