FIFPro, the worldwide representative organisation for all professional footballers, and the University of Nicosia (UNIC), have launched a global initiative that will allow football players from around the world to study Sports Management and Business Administration online.
The 5-year cooperation offers a series of benefits to the participating athletes, including a Scholars Scheme that provides for full scholarships to active professional players, as well as other partial scholarships.
“We are delighted to partner with the University of Nicosia”, said Frederique Winia, FIFPro’s Education Director. “Now we can offer a distance learning package to all our members all over the world.”
Education is important for every individual, including professional footballers, added Winia. “FIFPro and our associations encourage players to study for suitable academic or vocational qualifications, to develop their career prospects past their athletic career. The cooperation with UNIC is a great step in supporting this effort.”
“On behalf of the University of Nicosia, we would like to thank FIFPro for the trust they have shown to our University“, said Prof. Nicos Kartakoullis, President of the Council of the University of Nicosia. “This partnership is fully aligned with the values and mission of UNIC to provide world-class education, tailored to the needs of students from all over the world”, added Kartakoullis.
FIFPro has offered European footballers the opportunity to study Sports Management at University College of Denmark since 2011. The first students graduated in 2015. “We will continue our successful cooperation with the University College of Denmark”, said Winia, clarifying that “only a limited number of players can sign-up for this online academy.”
On the other hand, the cooperation with the University of Nicosia greatly expands the organisation’s outreach to players, allowing FIFPro to cater to the educational needs of players in its associations in Europe and in its 30 member associations in Africa, the Americas and Asia.
Interested players can obtain information about the initiative and degree programmes via the website www.unic.ac.cy/fifpro and can also contact their country’s player association via the FIFPro website www.fifpro.org/en/members