Having a part-time role in football, Callum Williams to study MSc Sports Medicine at UCLan to gain a greater depth of knowledge in his profession that he could implement into practice, giving the University Alumni an advantage over candidates in an extremely competitive field.
This certainly worked for Callum. After graduation, he was immediately appointed as Head of Sports Medicine and Science at Macclesfield Town Football Club. “I wholeheartedly believe that this is due to the newfound skill set that I developed on the MSc programme,” says Callum.
Callum’s duties include overseeing the health and wellbeing of the players to optimise their performance for training and matches. This includes organising volunteer medical staff, whilst also using my clinical skills for each player’s needs on a daily basis.
Callum said: “I believe that having an MSc Sports Medicine has contributed to me getting my dream job in professional football. I have also made many professional friends of those that were on the course with me who are happy to help me if I need advice on a topic and vice versa.
“My lasting memories of UCLan have to be how approachable the staff members were and the lengths they go to, to ensure you get the best experience. The lecturers are very professional and heavily involved in the field. This was evident with the quality of the guest lecturers invited to speak to us.”
Whilst studying, Callum volunteered “every moment of free time I had to enhance my skills, knowledge and confidence in the field.” This included pitch side first aid for an amateur Sunday League team and clinical work with Premier League U23s football teams.
He added: “Hard work and experience will give you a much better chance in the field than your degree classification. Be prepared to volunteer your spare time to develop your clinical skills, confidence and most importantly, the opportunity to network!”
04 April 2018