A Global Institute of Sport graduate has been talking us through his role as competitions officer at the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

Iain Stuart studied MSc Football Business while at GIS’ Manchester Campus, and was partway through his studies when he was successful in getting his role at the SWPL.

Speaking about his role, Iain said: “My major responsibilities are dedicated to further professionalising the elite women’s game in Scotland by planning and delivering two league, one cup, and two Play-Off competitions.”

This ranges from fixtures calendar creation, competition management, organising cup draws and organising cup finals.

“There are also some small fun additions such as choosing the nominees for the player and goal of the month awards too,” he added.

Within Scotland, similar to the global scene, women’s football is growing rapidly, and Iain said he is very proud to be involved in such a progressive and building game.

He said: “It is up to us at the league to help push the women’s game in Scotland forward and advertise it as much as possible and in the best light whether this be through broadcasting matches on TV, through our social channels, or driving support in the stadium.

“I take great pride in being part of this growth and see it as a real privilege to be able to contribute in some way. Long may it continue.”

Working across ‘all things operational, commercial and marketing,’ at the SWPL, the MSc Football Business course was perfect for Iain to get ahead in his knowledge about the football industry.

“My time at GIS was an amazing experience,” he said. “I learned a lot and met a great group of classmates and some really knowledgeable and industry-led lecturers.

“The opportunity to study in a football stadium was one that inspired every time you were in the class

“The industry opportunities and contacts that opened up for us as students was priceless in building confidence, knowledge and our networks, which are pivotal to succeed in this industry.”

He added: “The global name of UCFB/GIS speaks for itself and opens doors, both for networking and knowledge-building opportunities like conferences and trips, but also when looking for jobs.

“Everything at GIS is geared towards making its students industry ready and I believe the confidence that the degree and these opportunities gave me on top of the knowledge I gained has given me an advantage when entering the industry and made me more employable.”

He finished: “The industry is very fluid and there is so much of it you probably aren’t aware even exists and so that first foot in the door is the most important thing and once you’re in, you can go anywhere.”

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