Management for Football Managers—the Scottish Football Association
To be licensed to manage at the top level of football throughout Europe, individuals must have completed their UEFA Pro-Licence. As one part of the SFA's Pro-Licence programme, the Faculty of Health Sciences (Sport) provides a residential workshop for aspirant managers.
The focus of workshops is on applied management theory and practice. The aim is to help football managers and those who wish to become managers to better understand the business side of football and to equip them with some generic management skills and techniques that can usefully and easily be applied in their day to day work dealing with directors and other staff in the football club. The workshop uses interactive learning, with the emphasis being on developing skills through role plays, simulation and video techniques.
"‘Being on the Pro –licence allowed me to touch on the business side of management. I was never interested in that when I was in the job – I never really looked at the big picture. I was too busy trying to concentrate on the football. The Pro licence has been superb in terms of making me look at things more in-depth. I think if I do get back in I will be so much better prepared on that side of things" (Alex Rae, former Manager Dundee)
“[The workshop at Stirling] was a really interesting aspect to the UEFA Pro Licence and really got me thinking outside the box away from the usual football talk. It was important to start talking about the boardroom aspect and get experience of those matters. ... Everyone can see how football has changed and understanding the financial side is more important than ever, with new rules such as financial fair play. As a manager, you have to understand that. The course at the University of Stirling was a great addition to the qualification and really worthwhile" (David Weir, Assistant Manager, Brentford)