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Cemal Erksun

MSc Sports Management and the Business of Football

Having worked for the Turkish Basketball Federation for several years, and being a former athlete himself, Cemal Erksun was keen to develop his knowledge of the management of sports. When he found Birkbeck’s MSc Sports Management and the Business of Football on the internet, he realised that it was the perfect fit with what he was looking for.

He says: 'The programme contents was very attractive, and the fact that Birkbeck is part of the University of London, which is an internationally recognised and respected university was also an important factor. As an additional bonus, I am living in London, which is an amazing city.'

'I knew about Birkbeck’s Sports Business Centre, and when I came to London for a Birkbeck Open Evening last February, the course director actually invited me to one of the seminars, which was very good.'

Birkbeck’s classes are all taught in the evening which means that students can combine their study with work or other daytime commitments. Cemal doesn’t work, but he finds the evening teaching works well for him. He says: 'Full-time study is demanding, but I have the daytime to go to the library, do the reading for my course and write my essays. I also do a lot of sports during the day, and the University of London sports centre is right next to the library.'

One of the things that Cemal hoped to gain from studying in London was new relationships with others in the sports business world: 'My relationship with my colleagues in my class is very good. It’s a big international community, with students from South America, Asia and Europe. There’s a very nice atmosphere.'

The programme of events and seminars at the Birkbeck Sports Business Centre has been an important part of Cemal’s time at Birkbeck: 'There are regular seminars in term-time and we heard from many great speakers. It was a very good experience for the students, and really broadened our horizons and gave us fresh ideas.'

'The tutors are experts in their fields. The content of the classes was very relevant to what is happening in the sports management world. You can go to the tutors at any time with any question and they will always try to help you.'

In the future, Cemal hopes to go back to Turkey and continue working in sports management.  He says: 'Studying this programme has broadened my perspectives and helped me to understand the modern sports management sector. The knowledge I have gained will definitely help me achieve my career aims, and I will use it to do good things for my country.'

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