By: Hibernian FC on 10 Sep, 2020 09:57
Hibernian FC have teamed up with Edinburgh Napier University to ensure some of our brightest young talents are challenged off the pitch as well as on it.
A new course has been specifically tailored towards players whose training commitments make traditional study options difficult.
Napier’s innovative part-time programme combines campus-based workshops and online learning, which will develop the players’ knowledge of elite sport in a business context.
This approach is being used to allow the players to understand their new environment, find their place within it and connect more productively with the world of professional sport and employment.
Hibs kids Connor Young, Josh O’Connor and Murray Johnson will begin their studies this month at a level which offers six modules over two years to Certificate of Higher Education standard – with topics including ‘psychology’, ‘the athlete in sport’ and ‘football in the digital age’.
They can continue studying part-time for a further two to four years to complete a BA in Business and Enterprise in Sport degree.
Sporting Director Graeme Mathie said: “It’s a fantastic position for us as a club to be able to deliver not only a high-quality football education but now – through this partnership with Napier University – a high-quality educational programme for our players.
“It is very much aligned to our strategic aim of being a ‘learner’s club’ and I have no doubt our players will benefit from the programme.
“I would like to place on record my thanks to my colleagues Sean McPartlin and Steve Curnyn, who have been in discussions with Napier for some time in order to deliver this partnership and also to confirm a list of learners of various ages and stages from within the club.”