University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has today announced a new partnership with Celtic Football Club’s Women’s first-team.
The University will provide leading sports and exercise science expertise to the Team via a newly-created PhD studentship, as well as becoming one of Celtic’s official sponsorship partners.
PhD student, Andrew McKeown, was recruited by UWS in February to undertake the specialised role. He will work closely with the players, undertaking research into the science of elite women’s football, while gaining invaluable practical experience of applied sports science by being embedded within the Women’s first-team structure, and working alongside the coaching staff.
The partnership comes after UWS’s leading expertise in this field was recognised in July 2020 by Celtic, with the announcement of the University’s first collaboration with the Club, becoming its sports science partner for the men’s Youth Academy.
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of UWS and Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), said: “I am delighted that UWS’s ground-breaking and life-changing work in the fields of sport and exercise science has once again been recognised by this new partnership. Promoting the importance of sport and exercise is a key focus for us at the University - not only via our leading research, but also in our student experience. It is fantastic to see the opportunities this partnership has already brought to the University and PhD student, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Club.”