FIFPro, the worldwide representative organisation for all professional footballers, and the University of Nicosia (UNIC), have launched a global initiative that will allow over 1,000 professional footballers 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 hundreds of other partial scholarships.
Online learning is a perfect platform to encourage players to pursue an education which is tailored to their requirements and is without disruption, should the need to move to a team in another country arise.
Members from all FIFPro player unions worldwide can apply for the education programmes offered by UNIC as part of this cooperation.
At the moment, players can choose one of two degree programmes on offer at UNIC from September 2017:
The University of Nicosia and FIFPro plan to offer more degrees as part of this cooperation in the near future, including Psychology.
The University of Nicosia will be providing 2 million Euros in scholarships per year, including:
- Global Scholars: 4 full scholarships - These will be awarded to players on the basis of academic merit or exceptional personal circumstances, based on applications to a joint selection committee;
- National Scholars: 60 partial scholarships that cover 50% of tuition fees - Each FIFPro member country will receive one such scholarship, to be allocated on the basis of academic merit or exceptional personal circumstances;
- Academic Scholars: 100 partial scholarships that cover 30% of tuition fees - These will be granted on the basis of academic merit and educational performance;
- Player Scholars: Up to 1,000 scholarships providing reduced tuition fees linked to athlete pay and economic circumstances in the student’s country, with a 50% maximum reduction, in order to promote accessibility to higher education in all FIFPro member countries
For More Information
You can contact us regarding the initiative using the below details. Players can also submit their interest using the inquiry form that follows.
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Phone: +357 22842016, +357 22842023, +357 22842024
FIFPro Player Associations Contacts: https://fifpro.org/en/members