Spiders’ degree of real success
Queen’s Park tie up with university
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.”
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Gus MacPherson is backing the new study scheme
Team up Queen’s Park have teamed up with the University of the West of Scotland