Groundbreaking university campus to open in Miami

A groundbreaking university campus offering sports degrees is to be launched at the Inter Miami CF Stadium thanks to Beswicks Sports founder Gary Mellor.

Gary brokered the deal between the Global Institute of Sport (GIS) and Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami CF to give GIS its first overseas campus.

As a result of the partnership, from June 2021 students will be able to study MSc Sports Directorship at Inter Miami CF, a club whose ownership group is co-owned by David Beckham.

Gary said: “As an advisory board member for GIS, I was delighted to be able to introduce the university to the team at Miami.

“It was clear to me from the outset that the vision and ambition shared by both organisations made them perfect partners and I’m excited to see the first students arrive on campus next year.”

GIS is the masters arm of the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB), which has 2,500 students who learn from UK campuses including Wembley Stadium and the Etihad Stadium.

Gary has previously brokered deals enabling GIS to open learning facilities around the world including at the Red Bull Arena in New York, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Toronto FC’s BMO Field, paving the way for the university’s first ever North American campus in Miami.

GIS chairman Brendan Flood, who is also a director at Burnley FC, described the announcement about the new university campus in Miami as a landmark moment for GIS and education in North America.

Gary added: “It’s very satisfying to use our extensive knowledge of football in the UK and soccer in the US to broker a deal of this kind that will see students and the game in general benefit.”

If you require advice about commercial opportunities in sport, contact Gary Mellor on 01782 205000 for a chat or email  

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