NEW FOR 2024: Study one of our pioneering degrees in Dubai alongside training and playing football.

Open to international students. Starting September – apply now!

Have you ever dreamt of living, studying and working in sport in the Dubai? The Global Institute of Sport (GIS) and The Player have partnered up to provide a fantastic experiential learning offering for you to make a start to your career in the United Arab Emirates.

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The Player Education Programmes, powered by The Global Institute of Sport - is designed for footballers of all levels and aspiring sports industry experts. This initiative offers elite training, state-of-the-art facilities, and specialist academic tuition in Dubai’s year-round sunshine. Immerse yourself in the Middle East’s emerging football market, gain cutting-edge skills, and take advantage of a transformative experience that will shape your future both on and off the field.

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Degrees available to study

Start date: September 2024

Duration: 1 Year (undergraduate) | 1 year or 2 years (postgraduate)

Certificate of Higher Education in Football Coaching

Online

Equivalent to Year 1 of BA (Hons) Football Coaching Bachelor’s degree. Opportunities to progress to complete the full Bachelor’s degree after Year 1.

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MSc Football Business

Online

This in-depth programme is designed for those who wish to develop an appreciation of key areas shaping the current landscape of the football industry.

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MSc Football Coaching & Analysis

Online with 2 weeks campus attendance in London, Miami or Melbourne

This programme will take an in-depth look at the numbers that make the game tick, alongside theoretical and practical coaching disciplines. It will enable students to develop a systematic and in-depth understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights for the advanced study of football coaching and analysis.

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MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing

Online

It is now essential to understand digital viewing trends, social media audiences and how to plan engaging and effective digital media coverage for an ever demanding fan base. The MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing degree programme is designed for graduates and industry practitioners with a keen interest in football and sport.

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MSc International Sport Management

Online

The Global Institute of Sport's (GIS) unique MSc International Sport Management provides an unparalleled educational and experiential opportunity for aspiring sports leaders. Sharing the stage with the world’s most elite institutions, this degree ranked 23rd in the world in the prestigiousSportBusiness Postgraduate Rankings. It also ranked 7th in Top Online Postgraduate courses, and 1st in Average Salary.

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MSc Performance Analysis in Football

Online

This programme will give students the necessary tools to understand and explore the performance analysis principles that rule the modern game. You will gain the knowledge of the theory and practice that enables enhanced performance on the pitch as well as in player recruitment.

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MA Sports Agency

Online

The MA Sports Agency degree is designed for those who wish to build the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in the football industry as intermediaries and sports agents. With a focus on regulations, ethics, integrity, business practices, and legal frameworks in the sports agent profession, students will analyse critical issues in the industry throughout the programme.

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MSc Sports Marketing & Media

Online

This degree is designed for graduates and industry practitioners with an interest in sport, and those with a particular interest in, or experience of communications and marketing. The programme covers key themes such as sports marketing, sports media management, sports media content creation, global sports leadership and options including customer relationship management, sports sponsorship, and brand management and contemporary issues in sport.

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Benefits of the Programme
  • Academic study delivered by industry experts with GIS, the leading destination for sports education industry in the world.
  • Elite level performance development services from The Player.
  • Highly experienced UEFA A Licence qualified coaching team.
  • State of the art facilities and cutting edge technology at our specialist training facility.
  • Placements with UAE football clubs and organisations on and off the pitch.
Programme & course fees
Education Package

Cost: AED 83,995 / £17,995

Included in package: Full academic programming & registration, unlimited access to in-house academic support, unlimited access to all support staff, full kit package, full insurance & medical provision, full training programme (sports specific), work placement access & career support.

Placement Package

Cost: AED 159,995 / £34,299

Included in package: Full academic programming & registration, unlimited access to in-house academic support, unlimited access to all support staff, full kit package, full insurance & medical provision, full training programme (sports specific), work placement access & career support + accommodation, fully catered.

Performance Package

Cost: AED 159,995 / £34,299

Included in package: Full academic programming & registration, unlimited access to in-house academic support, unlimited access to all support staff, full kit package, full insurance & medical provision, full training programme (sports specific), accommodation, fully catered + daily performance training & club intros, full residence visa package.

Elite Package

Cost: AED 189,995 / £40,649

Included in package: Full academic programming & registration, unlimited access to in-house academic support, unlimited access to all support staff, full kit package, full insurance & medical provision, full training programme (sports specific), work placement access & career support accommodation, fully catered, daily performance training & club intros, full residence visa package + unlimited 1:1 performance training, recovery, rehab & medical package.

Additional Fee Information

Please note: all packages above are inclusive of the undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education in Football Coaching (£9,250). If you are studying one of our postgraduate degrees (£11,950), there will be an additional £2,700 in fees due.

For more information on programme fees please contact:

The Player - sam@theplayer.team

GIS - study@gis.sport

Funding
Available tuition fee discount

These discounts are open to any GIS, UCFB, Buckinghamshire New University and University of East London graduate who has received and accepted an offer to study at the Global Institute of Sport.

  • 15% tuition fee discount on all courses.
GIS Scholarships

The Global Institute of Sport is proud to offer an extensive suite of scholarships to support outstanding students as they embark on their postgraduate study. From scholarships to aid our elite athletes, to attracting aspiring sports leaders, and scholarships which support inclusivity and diversity within the sporting industry, our scholarships are there to support students who want to make a meaningful difference to the future of the sporting world.

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Our mission is always to leave the game in a better place, and education is at the heart of everything we do. We are excited about this new collaboration with the most sought after academic institute for sports industry education globally. This will allow us to deliver impact to so many aspiring football professionals!

Steven TaylorFormer Newcastle United Defender | Co-Owner of The Player
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Steven Taylor - Former Newcastle United Defender & Co-Founder of The Player

The Player

The Player was founded in 2023 by Sam White and former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor, along with a group of supporting colleagues and professionals within sport and business, who share an immense passion for football, athletic development, business and sport in general.

The Player aim to provide comprehensive support & guidance to all players globally, utilising relationships, experience and knowledge. The Player's vision is to inspire and empower athletes of all levels to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

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