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University and FC Barcelona agree winning partnership

The University has teamed up with one of the world’s most successful football clubs to advance education through football.

University and FC Barcelona agree winning partnership

FC Barcelona has signed an agreement that will see the University support and promote a range of online courses offered by the football club.

The partnership will deliver one-month courses that provide an introduction to subjects including sports law and ethics.

More advanced four-month courses will focus on a broader range of topics, such as sports psychology, facilities management, sports nutrition, and communications.

We are delighted to have signed an agreement with the University of Edinburgh, which recognises the increasing global importance of online tuition. High-quality professional learning is a key aim for FC Barça and this three-year agreement with Edinburgh will enable us to deliver that, with the potential to do much more.

Marcos Picalló Barça Universitas Manager

Online pioneer

Edinburgh is a world leader in online distance learning, with more than one million students engaged in digital courses.

The University offers more than 80 online postgraduate programmes, whilst Edinburgh’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free and open to anyone.

Sport is a powerful enabler and by working with FC Barcelona we can reach new communities across the globe. Together, we are determined to use education to enrich and improve people’s lives, wherever in the world they live.

Professor Grant JarvieChair, the University of Edinburgh’s Academy of Sport

Free football course

The MOOC "Football, More than a Game" was launched in 2014 and will run again in January 2019 in partnership with Hibernian FC.

The Edinburgh team was voted Scotland’s 2018 best professional club in the community.  

We are delighted with the news that FC Barcelona and the University of Edinburgh are to work together. We all have a similar commitment in using football to deliver education and look forward to exchanging ideas and learning from each other.

Charlie Bennet Chief Executive Officer, Hibernian Community Foundation

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Edinburgh's Academy of Sport

Sport and Exercise at the University of Edinburgh