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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...
"I want to work in The Premier League" This is a sentence I have heard often during my time working in the football industry. Whether it be from university students studying a football related course, those who have been working at EFL clubs for just a short space of time, or football supporters who are chatting away to each other on a matchday - the Premier League for many is the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. And having worked for...
Football Coaching Job Toolkit: 6 Great Online Resources for Football Coaches   The role of the Football Coach is continually evolving, with new strategies, practices and concepts being developed at an increasing rate. The internet has played a crucial role in allowing coaches to share their ideas, and over the past few years more and more online coaching education platforms have surfaced, allowing new and practicing coaches...
Each summer thousands of university graduates head out into the marketplace waving qualifications seeking new challenges and work opportunities in the sport business. Just like big money transfers in the football business the stakes are raised each year. Finding the ‘dream job’ can be almost impossible let alone something that remotely inspires you to get out of bed each day!.   Here are a few tips and reflections on...