In partnership with four sports governing bodies and the English Institute of Sport (EIS), MDX has established a scholarship which aims to address the glaring underrepresentation of people from black, Asian and other minority backgrounds in full-time Sport Performance Analysis (SPA) positions within professional sport.
The scholarship, devised by Senior Lecturer Dr Nimai Parmar, includes both academic and industry mentorship and upskilling opportunities to up to ten recipients, to boost their chances of gaining employment in the field and to provide opportunities to progress to postgraduate research. The EIS will provide mentoring opportunities, along with the Rugby Football Union, the England and Wales Cricket Board, Lawn Tennis Association, the Football Association and performance analysis specialist Hudl.
The scholarships offer:
Head of Performance Analysis at the EIS Julia Wells said: “We’re delighted to be working with Dr Parmar and the team at Middlesex University London on this exciting new scholarship opportunity. Careers in Performance Analysis should be open to anyone with the commitment to succeed and a passion for elite sport.
“Having a mentor who will listen, share insight and help problem solve in a safe and positive way is invaluable. I really can’t wait to meet them and get this new, well-needed and exciting initiative off the ground.”
Nimai Parmar, who is Programme Leader for the MSc in Sport Performance Analysis and the Online Distance Education MSc in Sport Performance Analysis, says, "This is a really important new opportunity given the underrepresentation of Black, Asian and people of other ethnically diverse backgrounds in the sector. I am passionate about effecting change and hope that this scholarship will achieve some lasting impact. I would like to thank all our key partners in making this happen”.
MDX Sports Performance Analysis MSc graduate Zaheer Shah, currently First Team Performance Analyst at Tottenham Hotspur FC, says: “Studying at MDX was a positive experience for me because I felt the lecturers had relevant practical experience. At the time, I was in my second year working in football (Brentford FC) and I wanted to explore both the theory and the practical elements of what we were learning and be able to practically apply what I had learned.
"The varied learning experiences made me feel comfortable taking on board information, and it was clear how it could be applied in a practical environment. I really enjoyed hearing how a variety of sports worked, and the interactive style of teaching was great. I learned a lot from my classmates!
"The MSc prepared me for my role at Tottenham as it narrowed my focus down to what was important within our field as well as developing my skills including presenting to different audiences.”