Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Sunderland AFC forges links with US university

Tue 26th Oct 2010 | Football Club Management

A partnership between Sunderland Association Football Club, the University of Sunderland’s Business School, and the University of Colorado has been set up to forge international ties and stimulate growth in the region. 

The programme will take University of Colorado students and offer them six month internships working at Sunderland Football Club and attending University of Sunderland Business School lectures.

Nick Christopher, the first University of Colorado sports management student to take part in the scheme, is now working with the conference and events team at the football club.

Viv Kinnaird, dean of the faculty of business and law at the University of Sunderland said: “With this scheme we’ve put in place a new way of linking up the private sector and the university that integrates learning so that it is totally embedded in a work-based internship.”

“The Business School’s partnership with Sunderland Football Club is very exciting. It opens chances for Sunderland and US students to work abroad as interns and adds a new dimension to our successful study abroad scheme.  

“University of Colorado students have a fantastic opportunity to work with a top flight professional football club and we are also exploring opportunities for our Sunderland students to work with the US Olympics Committee in Colorado Springs as part of their studies.”

Gary Hutchinson, manager of SAFC’s conference and events division, has spearheaded the football club’s involvement with the university.

He said: “Sunderland Football Club has a reputation for making things happen which benefit businesses around the region.

“Working hand-in-hand with the university’s business school has been a great experience. Viv Kinnaird has a ‘can do’ attitude which exactly matches our own and we’re delighted to welcome Nick Christopher to the club as the first-ever international intern from Colorado.”

Gary Hutchinson and Viv Kinnaird aim to build on the university and football club partnership to create new initiatives which strengthen international links. 




If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk or ryan@fcbusiness.co.uk

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

Comment: Matt Lawson - Diet for Football

Tue 15th Aug 2017 | Football Club Management

We speak exclusively to sports dietitian, Matt Lawson as the new season starts with a bang. When asked about diet and nutrition services for the 17/18 football season, the answer is easy. There has...

Alessandro Antonello Appointed New Inter Milan CEO

Mon 24th Jul 2017 | Football Club Management

F.C. Internazionale Milano today announced the appointment of Alessandro Antonello as the Club’s new Chief Executive Officer. Alessandro takes up his new position at the Club on 1 September 2017...

Chelsea Become First Club Awarded Healthy Workplace Charter

Wed 12th Jul 2017 | Football Club Management

Chelsea Football Club has become the first football club to be accredited under the London Healthy Workplace Charter. The Charter, backed by the Mayor of London, helps employers address issues such as...

First Cohort Of Sporting Directors Set For Graduation Ceremony

Tue 11th Jul 2017 | Football Club Management

FIFA’s pro-licence is well established as the blue-chip qualification for soccer coaches around the world - now the first formally qualified Sporting Directors are set to graduate with a Masters...