Dr Michael King

Michael worked for the Scottish Football Association before getting his position at Motherwell Football Club.

BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Health, 2012 / MbR 2014

Tell me more about your job and what it involves?

I'm Head of Academy Football Science and Medicine at Motherwell Football Club. The job caters for so pretty much every player outside of the First Team. I deal with everything ranging from strength and conditioning provisions to organising physiotherapy provisions. There’s a wide range of duties for all of the different age groups.

How did you end up in the job?

I worked with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) while I was doing my PHD. Through that I met a lot of people, and one of them was the current First Team sport scientist at Motherwell. When the job came up he got in touch with me and asked me if I’d be interested. 

The position I’m in now is completely new. It’s never existed at the club before and is part of the new criteria that the SFA have put in place to try and improve youth development in Scottish football.

What was it like to work at the SFA?

It was good. I got in touch with one of the coaches at the SFA while I was doing my Masters at Abertay and asked if I could volunteer, and that eventually turned into paid work. It gave me the chance to travel with the youth international squads and it’s actually something I’m still involved with today. I’ve been able to travel the world, going everywhere from Bosnia to Wales to Qatar…so short journeys and incredibly long ones!

Certain staff members really pushed me to do better. They pushed me to get involved in different things and really take it to the next level.
Dr Michael King | Motherwell Football Club | Head of Academy Football Science and Medicine

How did your time at Abertay help you get to where you are now?

I learned a lot of fundamental knowledge. I talk about getting the basics right in my current job, and there was a lot of that. I learned a lot of foundation stuff and got to understand that it’s the most important thing, and you basically build up your knowledge from there.

Certain staff members really pushed me to do better. They pushed me to get involved in different things and really take it to the next level.

Abertay is a good place to learn. I enjoyed my time on the campus and I enjoyed my time in the city. The content of the modules was good and the course I did gave me a bit of everything.

You were part of the football team while you were here, how much did that add to your university experience?

It was excellent. In the four years I played for the team we definitely over-achieved given the size of the universities we were able to compete with. The team I played in got promoted and even now I keep an eye on how the team is doing. I still think about them to this day.

 

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