IT WAS a proud moment for Norkhairilnizan Azimbazri when he graduated with the Professional Certificate in Football Business Management.
Although he was quite apprehensive when he joined the six-month course conducted by the University of Malaya Centre for Continuing Education (UMCCed), he had no regrets after completing the Sports Business Management programme.
The programme, he said, gave him a chance to gain immense knowledge on football management and the sports industry.
“Because of this, I have succeeded in securing sponsorship for my club – Tunas Lagenda – this year. It was not a big amount but I managed to impress and convince the sponsors.
“The course has certainly played a big part in the process. I am now looking forward to be a part of the football fraternity,” said an excited Norkhairilnizan after receiving his certificate from UMCCed director Datuk Dr Mansor Md Isa.
Besides Norkhairilnizan, 18 others – R. Ashwin Sunil Raj, A. Dinesh, S. Ganesh, K. Gunasegaran, Issac Lee Shen Jie, S. Jegathesan, Kenny Loh Ken Keong, K. Kesevan, M. Magendran, M. Makkilan, Muhammad Navalan Abdullah, S. Murugapperumal , K. Rajendran, Shahrul Ratnam Kumarasamy Abdullah, S. Shobna, S. Subramaniam, J. Vigneswaran and S. Vinodkana – received certificates.
Dr Mansor said UMCCed was pleased to play a role in the development of football as an industry.
“The graduates have certainly gained knowledge and will be part of the Malaysian football system,” he said.
Programme director E.R. Subramaniam said the six-month course was a big success.
“This is the first time a course in the field was held and tailored for professionals involved in sports. Participants were able to gain knowledge on sports business management concepts with the focus on sports industry,’’ said Subramaniam.
The modules in the programme were sports administration and management; the business of sport; media and communication in sport; event and facility management in sport; the economics of sport; development in sports; sports marketing, and project paper and presentation.
Dr Mansor said UMCCed would continue to organise the programme. “We have received encouraging feedback and the graduates’ enthusiasm is commendable.
“We are confident the graduates will be able to play a role in the development of football in Malaysia,’’ said Dr Mansor.