Football physio looking towards new role through contemporary MSc

Image of physio treatment to person's footWhen elite-level sports physio Simon Maltby decided to pursue a new career path, VSIs MSc in Sporting Directorship provided the ideal platform.

During a well-travelled career in top-class football Maltby, worked for the English FA, Hull City during the Tigers rise from League 2 to the Premier League, before he joined Bahrain for their World Cup qualification campaign which took him to countries throughout West and East Asia.

The physiotherapy graduate later spent two years with the Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League for football where working as Head of Medical alongside David James and Peter Taylor.

But after spending 15 years in elite football Maltby decided to embark on a journey towards a different role as Head of Performance, Sporting Director or even an assistant Sporting Director role if such a role was developed.

Maltby said ‘I want to develop myself for a transition into such a role after my medical management role, however, there isn’t an established pathway for me to achieve this but I feel this course can help me bridge the academic and practical aspects necessary?’

‘I made a conscious decision to come out of football for a while, get my VSI qualification completed and then try moving into a new role’

Maltby recently completed the first year of the MSc and is hopefully looking to graduate in the next 10 months. ‘This type of Executive education is a different type of course to what you might expect somebody from my background to go into, but I’ve already gained a significant amount from it’ said Maltby, who can fit the course around his current physio contractor business.

‘I feel I’m ready to start applying (for roles) over the next few months. For me in a lot of ways it will be like starting again like when I was in League 2 with Hull. So, I’m grounded- I know I may have to start at a level lower than I previously worked in as Head of Medical, but I’m well prepared to do that; it’s not a problem I feel I just need that first opportunity again’.

Maltby is no stranger to mixing with elite sports people, having worked as well with professional rugby, cricket, basketball, ice-hockey, boxing and briefly with snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan.

However, his VSI course cohort have stood out in terms of their diversity and experience. He said ‘there are people from all backgrounds, business, CEO backgrounds in business and sport, very successful sports people, current academy and sporting directors as well as current medical and science professionals working in sport’. ‘I’ve really enjoyed and learnt a great deal from the group in the first year, coupled with the academic staff and some excellent contemporary external speakers it has been a great educational experience, but hopefully most importantly it has given me new skills to move on now and make the next step back into sport in a different role’.

For more information on the VSI MSc in Sporting Directorship contact:

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