We recently interviewed Sameer Seth, the Recruitment Coordinator for UDA in India and the Director of Inter State. As Director, Seth works to provide students opportunities for a life changing experience as they seek a degree programme in the UK. During our time together we asked him about the academy program at the University of Gloucestershire.
What value do you think the UDA academy programme at the University of Gloucestershire offers students from India?
You have worked with Tommy Taylor in India, the head of the UDA at UoG academy. Can you tell prospective students a little about Tommy and what to expect?
“Tommy has had quite a long spell in coaching young players in India. During his time in the Punjab, he has offered valuable insights in coaching and mentoring not just young players but coaches as well. His main efforts have been towards establishing firm and bold structures which support the development of football in India, especially for U18s." Seth added, “Students coaching with Tommy can expect a total commitment, desire, passion, skill development and constructive feedback on training. They will also experience innovative sessions, and the opportunity to progress in football at a national level”
How do students interested in the programme learn more from Inter State on possible enrolment?
“Inter State acts as a bridge or a pathway to great UDA Academic & Sport opportunities available around the world. Students in India will get detailed information on what routes would be available for them to enrol for these programmes. We will guide students on all steps, prior and post their course completion through our strategic partners.” Seth continued, “Inter State will also introduce short experiences like tailored football tours and showcase events in the UK. These events will give students an exposure to the UDA facilities at the University of Gloucestershire Campus, the game, and the culture of the country. In India, Inter State will host recruitment camps at select locations to offer opportunities for Indian players to interact with professional coaches and academics from the UK. We feel this will help them in making the right career decisions.”
What benefits do you see for Indian students, given the new graduate extension scheme programme, allowing students to work in the UK after graduation?
“I feel that students will tend to gain a lot with the new graduate extension scheme. Expected to begin in summer 2021, international students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or master’s degree will be able to benefit from two years’ work experience in the UK upon graduation. I feel it is a great way for international students to access the lucrative UK labour market while working at any skill level or without any thresholds on the salary offered. It also allows those qualified under this scheme to gain permanent residency in the UK.”
Tell us a little about Inter State and the opportunity it provides for students from India to study in the UK.
“We set up Inter State with a view to promote professional football training programmes in the Indian market. To this effect we collaborated with the UDA Football Academy as our partner and it was the perfect fit. Our product which is currently being offered in India is a unique blend of football professional training along with a university degree, both programs being delivered in the UK. We feel this combination offers fantastic development opportunities for young players and students. Our professional team includes a Sports Director, Recruitment Director, and a Marketing Head while our offices are based in both countries, the UK and India.”
Sameer can be reached at Sseth@udauk.org.