Why placements have become key
Written by Simon Austin — March 21, 2017
THE audition is daunting enough, let alone when you’re 20 years of age - a presentation in front of a panel, before you're quizzed. And the reward? A year working on the bottom rung of the ladder, often without being paid.
That is one way of framing undergraduate placements at football clubs, although they can also be the key to a career in the professional game.
The competition is fierce. Just consider the stats, laid out by Tony Strudwick, Manchester United’s head of athletic development.
“Sports science is now the most popular degree course in the UK, with 82 institutions offering subject-related courses,” he says. “Estimates are that between 9,000 and 15,000 students exit sports science undergraduate courses each year.”
The figures tally with those of James Bunce, the new director of high performance at US Soccer, who told TGG that 150,000 sports science students had graduated between the time he did, in 2007, and now.