Many football clubs now recognise that recruiting a Sporting Director capable of masterminding a major backroom revolution could be the key to future on-field success.

It’s the position that all forward thinking professional clubs are desperate to fill given the challenges of the modern game but there is only a limited talent-pool of adequately skilled individuals capable of sitting in what could be a statutory boardroom position.

If you are ambitious, with a coaching, playing, or management background and want to become part of this new generation of elite strategic leaders, VSI Executive Education could be your answer.

PFA member Tony Faulkner is the brains behind the company that is now recruiting it’s fifth cohort of high profile sporting professionals wanting to study for an MSc in Sports Directorship.

He said: “The PFA supported my education after my playing career ended and I’m now delighted that my company is working with an exclusive group of members to help them become the next generation of football leaders.

“The course is tailored to meet the real demands of leading football organisations and is a million miles away from traditional chalk and talk education that people may remember from their school days. World class academics and industry leaders deliver a course entirely geared to delivering the vocational skills required in the real world.”

Faulkner added: “The relationships formed during a delegate's VSI journey can be life-changing. Any number of our alumni are now working together in all sorts of capacities."

The MSc covers sports leadership, personal development, masterminding innovation and change, sport governance and best practice along with a diverse range of extra-curricular experiences. The essence of the programme focusses on leadership, management and corporate coaching with a core theme of neuroscience (how the brain drives performance) running through the programme.

Delegates will graduate with a greater understanding of executive leadership and management skills whilst developing the emotional and mental capacity critical to sit as a strategic lead person (CEO, MD or Sporting Director) in a sporting or corporate organisation.

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