Thursday, 21 July 2011
The next Harry Kewell or Tim Cahill could come from Western Australia with Edith Cowan University (ECU) launching a new undergraduate course in football (soccer).
In the only university course of its kind in Australia – and one of only a handful in the world – ECU will offer the three-year Bachelor of Science (Sports Science & Football) degree from 2012.
The University already produces high-quality graduates through the popular Exercise and Sports Science degree. This new soccer course will combine 16 general exercise and sports units with 8 soccer-specific units.
Graduates will have the skills to:
School of Exercise and Health Sciences senior lecturer Dr Michael Newton said the course has been designed to take advantage of the growing demand for dedicated sports science staff within soccer clubs.
“We’re seeing a growing number of clubs in Australia, Asia and internationally appoint dedicated sports scientists to manage the health of their players and develop strength and conditioning programmes,” Dr Newton said.
“This course provides graduates with a background in sports science combined with soccer-specific knowledge. Those graduating from the course could fill roles ranging from the manager at a junior club, where they are hands-on with all aspects, to a specific sports science or coaching role in a major international club.”
The course is fully endorsed by Football West. Students will also benefit from ECU’s existing links with Perth Glory and the National Talent Centre Squad.
Dr Newton expects initial undergraduate intakes to be sourced mainly from Australia, particularly WA, but he is excited about the prospect of growth from Asia – particularly Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and potentially Japan, China and Korea.
“They’re all passionate about football and many of these countries are already well aware of the proximity and professionalism of tertiary institutions in Perth,” Dr Newton said.
Despite the course not starting until 2012, soccer players are already benefitting from ECU’s expertise and facilities.
Balcatta Soccer Club U16 and U18 players have used the heat chamber at the Joondalup Campus for acclimatisation sessions. The players are competing in the Great Wall Cup in Beijing, where temperatures are expected to exceed 35C.
U16 captain Carmelo Giuffere said he wanted to go as far as he could with soccer, including playing for a club overseas.
“I’m interested in anything to do with soccer, whether that’s playing or coaching. I’d be interested in studying soccer at university because I could combine something I love doing with the chance to make a career out of it,” Carmelo said.
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