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1) Failure to position yourself A CV is like a shop window. You are trying to encourage potential employers to take a closer look and find out what you have to offer. Think of this like a value proposition. How can you make your Football CV more appealing? Kick-off your CV with a profile or summary of your career highlights in three or four bullet points so they stand-out and really grab the reader's attention.   2) No...
Paul Barber is the CEO and Deputy Chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club . From redefining the culture at the FA, to adapting to a new culture himself in Vancouver, Paul gives a fantastic insight into his career thus far. With a huge passion for football and in driving the development of the game at all levels, this interview is a detailed and interesting account of life as a CEO in the industry.   I wanted to start...
As a self taught journalist and football writer , Mark Pitman is a perfect example of making your passion a full time and successful career. From the pitch to the press room Mark has worked for various organisations, starting off as a volunteer at Port Talbot Town FC and working his way up to the likes of the Football Association of Wales and UEFA . He speaks to us about what it takes to become a football writer and how to...
Richard Cross is the Club Secretary of Marine FC . From managing a busy workload of player administration, to implementing new Covid-safe protocols, Richard kindly took time out from his full-time job to share details of his interesting and varied role. And of course, he discusses the magic of the FA Cup !   When did you start working for Marine FC and how did that opportunity arise? I first attended a game 25 years ago...
If you've ever carried out any research on the subject of Player Care, there's a very good chance you would have come across Hugo Scheckter , and for good reason. Having looked after some of the world's best players during his time at Southampton FC and West Ham United, Hugo has established himself as one of the leading authorities in this relatively new, but increasingly important sector - after all, a happy, motivated player is...
Cathy Long has had a varied and interesting career in the football industry, with many more ideas and projects planned for the near future. Having worked at the Premier League for 15 years and providing consultancy services for a number of organisations, Cathy gives an insight into her successful career and offers her advice to those looking to pursue a role within the industry.   Were you always interested in working in football?...
Dave Messenger fulfils the role of Supporter Liaison Officer and Disability Access Officer at Watford FC. While his SLO achievements have been recognised by the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) – Dave was awarded SLO of the Year in 2019 – he has kindly put his SLO ‘hat’ to one side and instead focuses on his experiences and career within Disability Access. Having worked at Watford FC since 2015 and...
Aneel Javed is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Manager at the English Football League (EFL). Having started his career as a coach in grassroots football and with experience as a board member for Kick it Out, Aneel details his experiences within the area of EDI. He also shares his advice to those looking to pursue a career within the football industry. Aneel gives a great insight in to an important area that impacts us all....
Leon Barnett is a former professional football player, who unfortunately was forced to retire at the age of 32 due to a heart condition. Following a successful career in the game and playing in all four tiers of English football, Leon now runs the Leon Barnett Football Academy , as well as regularly co-commentating at EFL fixtures.     In this interview, he shares details of his memorable playing career with Sascha...
Martin Young: From Non-League Volunteer to working at Liverpool FC   Martin Young is a VT Editor at Liverpool Football Club . Having studied Sports Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and building up a strong CV of work experience and full-times roles, Martin talks to Sascha about his career to date, including his time as a Multimedia Assistant at West Ham United.   Martin details the highs and lows...
Sascha Gustard-Brown has experience within the area of Supporter Engagement, having held the positions of Head of Supporter Engagement at Luton Town Football Club and Supporter Liaison Officer at West Ham United. She is currently working on small supporter engagement projects in sport and freelance writing in football.   How did you start working in football? I have loved football from an early age and started watching...
What is Supporter Engagement? There are many areas of supporter engagement which can lead to a rewarding and enjoyable career in football. Most people are familiar with the role of Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) - the designated point of contact for supporters, who is responsible for engaging with the supporter base and ensuring that their voice is heard by the relevant persons at their club. However, many clubs also have a Supporter...