FIFPRO x HBO Academy

Bachelor’s programme in Business & Innovation

FIFPRO and HBO Academy, a Dutch university of applied sciences, have collaborated to provide a flexible, four-year bachelor’s programme in Business and Innovation – allowing athletes to combine a top-class course along with their sports career.

What you should know

Acquire specialised skills

The FIFPRO x HBO Academy undergraduate bachelor’s programme gives students the chance to acquire specialised skills in the likes of promotion, entrepreneurship, innovation, and marketing – helping you make the transition to a career in business.

Flexible learning

Lessons take place on one fixed evening per week in a virtual classroom, meaning athletes can attend lessons from home or a workspace while still having live contact with lecturers and fellow students. Lessons are also recorded and can be rewatched for those unable to participate live.

Career prospects

Alumni have acquired commercial, consultancy, entrepreneurial and marketing roles after completion of the course, with 45 percent going on to work for a professional football organisation.

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“This study offers exactly what you need as a football player: online education with flexibility”

— by Wout Droste, former player and now Go Ahead Eagles team manager

FIFPRO x HBO Academy: Combining a flexible bachelor's programme with your sports career

HBO Academy is a Dutch university of applied sciences, which for the past 16 years has been very successful in offering education to top athletes. Together with Dutch player union VVCS, they have delivered over 150 graduates.

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“The training is well structured, modules follow each other logically and a lot of information and knowledge is covered”

— by Quick Boys defender Guus Offerhaus

FIFPRO x HBO Academy: Course Outline

In this online four-year part-time undergraduate bachelor’s Business & Innovation programme, you will study alongside your sport career, participate in virtual classroom lessons and study one fixed evening per week.

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