The Performance Analyst
We catch-up with UWS alumnus Michael Gallacher on how continuing his studies at postgraduate level at UWS led to his appointment as Women and Girls’ Performance Analyst at Rangers Football Club.
After completing his BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree with UWS in 2018, Michael says it was a no-brainer to develop his knowledge and practice even further on the University’s MSc Sport Coaching programme.
Having built good relationships with the staff, it was the obvious choice to continue my studies at UWS.
“The staff are all very much active in their respective fields and this challenges us as students to keep up with the best and latest practices.”
The MSc Sport Coaching is available on a full-time or part-time basis at UWS and Michael chose to take up the part-time option while also developing his career in a performance analysis role, initially at Motherwell FC before making the move to Rangers FC. This allowed him to take his learning into the workplace throughout his studies and also bring his own experiences from the workplace into the classroom.
“My role at Rangers involves doing all of the video and statistical analysis for the Women’s First Team and overseeing the academy programme doing the same thing,” says Michael.
He firmly believes that his time at UWS has prepared him perfectly for this dream role. “My professional development has been driven by the reflective nature of the coursework, whereby I will perform in the field and am then provoked to reflect on my work and the work of others. This then gets scrutinised and challenges me to be better at what I am doing.”
So what would Michael say to anyone thinking about undertaking the MSc Sport Coaching at UWS? “You will learn a wide range of new knowledge and skills which can all easily be transferred into your practical work. The staff are very knowledgeable and supportive and come the end of your course you will definitely come out the other end a far better practitioner.”
If you are a former student of the university, you are automatically a member of our Alumni Association and may be eligible for a 10 % discount on Masters’ Degree tuition fees for future courses. Find out more here.