Perth, Scotland – The World Curling Federation — in partnership with the World Academy of Sport — has today announced a scholarship programme that will provide our Member Associations with greater opportunities to learn new skills to help them improve their professional careers and the curling community around them.
The World Academy of Sport are a leader in developing specialist education programmes in the sports industry and the official education partner of the World Curling Federation.
The partnership will provide immediate opportunities for Member Associations with one full scholarship and nine 50% scholarships for the Postgraduate Certificate, “International Sports Management“, developed and delivered in conjunction with the University of London. The value of the full scholarship is £3,500 and the 50% scholarships are £1,750 each.
In addition, the World Curling Federation in partnership with the World Academy of Sport will offer one full scholarship to a successful female applicant for the Postgraduate Certificate to ensure gender equity amongst recipients.
The fully online course can be completed over a period of up to five years, recognising that industry professionals require varying levels of learning at different stages in their careers as many have limited time available.
The World Academy of Sport is also offering 100 scholarships with a value of $USD 40 each to all of our Member Associations for the World Academy of Sport Athlete Certificate. This certificate is an online course developed for student athletes between 15 to 18 years of age who want to gain a broader understanding of the tools needed to become successful athletes.
The course has been designed and written by content writers who work regularly with various athletes and has been overseen by an expert reference group representing a number of International Federations.
Kate Caithness, World Curling Federation President said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the World Academy of Sport to enable our members to acquire new qualifications through participating in their leading education programmes.
“In a very short time, our partnership with the World Academy of Sport has led to many milestones for curling and sharing in the education of athletes and those leading the management of our sport is yet another. This is a fantastic opportunity for our Member Associations.”
World Academy of Sport’s Managing Director, Chris Solly, said: “We are delighted to offer scholarships to the Member Associations of the World Curling Federation in these challenging times who may be looking to enhance their industry skills and competencies.
“Through initiatives such as this scholarship programme, the World Academy of Sport is helping the sports industry on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis through our fully online education pathway. This provides opportunities from high school to postgraduate education, with some of the world’s leading global educational institutions as our partners.”
In order to be eligible to receive the scholarship for the Postgraduate Certificate in International Sports Management, applicants should:
- Have an existing undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) or a minimum of 5–8 years of relevant work experience and professional references
- An English language level of IELTS: at least 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in the written test or other equivalent proficiency certification
For January 2021 intake, the deadline for the Scholarship Application Submission is 9 November 2020 while the University of London Application is Mid-December 2020.