Spi­ders’ de­gree of real suc­cess

Queen’s Park tie up with uni­ver­sity

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra - Will Hen­shaw

Queen’s Park are to tie up with the Uni­ver­sity of the West of Scot­land to launch a plat­form for play­ers from across Bri­tain to study for De­gree qual­i­fi­ca­tions whilst train­ing full time and play­ing as a Spi­der.

Ham­p­den head coach Gus MacPher­son and se­nior per­son­nel within UWS have ini­ti­ated the cre­ation of a unique foot­ball academy that will see both a for­mal and a foot­balling ed­u­ca­tion pro­vided.

The ‘QP-UWS Foot­ball Academy’ will al­low play­ers to study for a de­gree whilst also look­ing to break into MacPher­son’s League Two squad.

The pro­gramme is avail­able for play­ers who are out of con­tract from Scot­tish or English clubs or those that are near­ing the end of their ca­reers and look­ing to en­hance their ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tions be­fore they re­tire from play­ing.

The stu­dents will be reg­is­tered as Queen’s Park play­ers with Scot­land’s old­est club be­liev­ing that the time is right for them to lead this new ini­tia­tive and en­sure that they con­tinue to move the game for­ward in line with their proud 148 year his­tory.

Gus said: “Very few clubs within the Scot­tish game have the fa­cil­i­ties that this club has and we want to con­tinue to progress.

“It is def­i­nitely go­ing to be a pro­gramme based on qual­ity coach­ing, play­ing and ed­u­ca­tion.”

As well as of­fer­ing foot­ballers the chance to ob­tain a higher ed­u­ca­tion Gus reck­ons that myths about their brains be­ing in their boots will be dis­pelled.

He ex­plained: “A lot of peo­ple think foot­ballers are not the bright­est bunch but be­lieve me there are many out there who will jump at this chance. When my play­ing ca­reer ended I was 32-years-old and had no idea what to do next.”

“If an op­por­tu­nity like this had been around I would have def­i­nitely got in­volved, es­pe­cially with the chance of gain­ing a de­gree and a plan for my fu­ture.”

For all the lat­est Queen’s Park news visit the club’s of­fi­cial web­site at www. queensparkfc.co.uk

Part­ner­ship

Gus MacPher­son is back­ing the new study scheme

Team up Queen’s Park have teamed up with the Uni­ver­sity of the West of Scot­land

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