First MSD Graduation, 2017
First MSD Graduation, 2017

Sporting director qualification – 2018 intake kicks off

Manchester Metropolitan University’s pioneering sporting director course, has welcomed the latest cohort of students to enrol on the programme, with some high profile names among the group of sporting director freshers studying to qualify for one of the most important and respected roles in the industry.

Now in its fifth year, previous cohorts on the two-year, part-time Masters of Sport Directorship (MSD) course have included the likes of Kevin Davies, Scott Sellars, Steve Round and David Weir. The 2018 line-up features Match of the Day 2 and 5 live Sport presenter Mark Chapman, Everton coach and legendary former striker Duncan Ferguson.

Liverpool’s head of football projects and scouting operations David Woodfine is among the new cohort, along with Sam Erith, head of sport science at Manchester City, and Scott Guyet, Crystal Palace head of sport science.

The 2018 starters also include women’s football club general managers Clare Wheatley from Arsenal Women and Liverpool Ladies’ Paul Metheringham, while winter sports are represented by Hamish McKnight, Team GB’s ski and snowboarding head coach.

Dr Sara Ward, who heads the MSD at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “The MSD has gone from strength to strength in the four years since it was launched, creating an influential network of professionals equipped with the skills and knowledge for top level roles within sports organisations.

“It’s great that this year we are welcoming students from such a diverse range of sports, with cricket, rugby, football and swimming all represented, as well as ski and snowboarding. Women’s football is becoming an increasingly important part of the MSD as the game grows in strength and popularity.”

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