A recent Global Institute of Sport graduate has been telling us how gaining her Master’s degree has helped her gain more skills and knowledge to help push forward her career in the football industry.

Tracy Piper, who studied MSc Football Business at our Wembley Campus, has worked as finance manager for the Birmingham County FA for the past seven years.

Prior to that, she had spent several years working at Aston Villa, and is also a member of Women in Football.

However, she started her Master’s degree at GIS to develop her skills and learn more about the football industry and the business side of it.

Tracy, whose work experience has been predominantly finance-based, wanted an opportunity to gain the knowledge which would allow her to ‘transfer into a more all-rounded role in the future.’

She spoke about how the GIS format allowed her to complete her studies while also thriving in her full-time current role at the Birmingham County FA.

She said: “Having the opportunity to study part-time online allowed me to continue working during the day while developing the skills to develop my career.

“A typical day saw me working 9-5 during the day and then attending a lecture in the evening when required or watching the online module. Weekends were utilised for carrying out extra reading and lecture tasks.”

She added: “The programme leaders were easy to contact and interact with. Any questions or concerns could be discussed at the end of weekly lectures. They were quick to respond and were always willing to book in a meeting to discuss any concerns or offer advice.

During her time at GIS, she attended the workshop at St George’s Park, giving her some insight into behind-the-scenes operations and roles carried out there.

When asked about what sets GIS apart from other higher education institutions, Tracy said: “The unique settings of the campus, alongside the module subjects provide a great footing for anyone looking for a future career within the football industry.”

She finished: “If you get the chance to complete a degree, jump at it. It is hard going and at times stressful and emotional, but the results and the pride of completion are so invaluable they far outweigh any challenges you may face along the way. 

For me, the conclusion of the course has not only improved my confidence but left me feeling gratified alongside a sense of achievement for which I am massively proud.”

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