Liam always had an interest in coaching football as a career so decided to study at UCLan because of the solid links between the University and many football clubs in the North West. He was also impressed by the international summer placements on offer.
Liam says: “I visited other universities but I didn’t feel they matched the course content and they didn’t have the links with potential employers. I also liked the feel of the UCLan campus. UCLan was a good place for me to move into the career I had planned all along. The University matched my ambitions and provided the training and opportunities that I required.”
During his degree, Liam opted to do a 12-month industry placement where he worked at Blackpool Football Club as their First Team Performance Analyst. Liam was then offered a full-time position with the club and decided to continue his final year at university part-time, whilst working at Blackpool F.C.
Liam then went on to Crystal Palace Football Club, where he currently works as a Senior Performance Analyst. This role includes all aspects of performance analysis for Crystal Palace’s First Team, reporting to Manager Alan Pardew with details about opposition analysis, post-match analysis and various statistical information.
Liam says: “I would not have been offered this position without the initial link that UCLan had with Blackpool F.C. and the opportunity this gave me to meet Ian Holloway and begin a successful working relationship. I have now established myself at Crystal Palace F.C. and have completed three seasons here.”
When asked what advice he would offer to those hoping to follow a similar career path, Liam says: “In this field there is a balance between the education that the University offers and the responsibility on the student to form their own career path. The opportunities that UCLan offer to go out on work experience are just as vital as the course content.
In my opinion every student should look to gain significant experience in the field they want to be employed in as this can only lead to a better all-round education and potential jobs after graduation.”