Global Institute of Sport is delighted to have formed a new partnership with MatchKit, an athlete platform managed by former South African rugby union player Bryan Habana.

MatchKit is teaming up with GIS to provide meaningful education pathways for athletes to help them find careers in the sporting industry after their retirement from playing professionally.

In the new arrangement between the two organisations, MatchKit athletes will gain access to exclusive thought-leadership content and routes into formal sports education with GIS.

The athletes will be able to access a range of Master’s degrees and short courses suitable for athletes looking to transition into roles including:

MatchKit CRO Bryan Habana, who won the Rugby World Cup in 2007 with South Africa, said: “I was very fortunate that I got to play the game at the highest level, and do so for as long as I did.

“But education was still important to me, and while playing I made it a priority to enrol and complete my studies in my latter days.

“Education has the ability to broaden an athlete’s horizons in their life after professional sport, and we’re pleased to be able to provide these exclusive opportunities for our athletes through Global Institute of Sport.”

GIS President Sharona Friedman added: “We’re delighted to be able to support MatchKit in their mission to provide better opportunities for athletes off the pitch.

“Athletes that choose to study with Global Institute of Sport will be joining our community of 6,000 students and alumni including many elite sports professionals from across a vast variety of codes and countries.

“Our aim is to provide them with the tools to lead fulfilling and successful careers in sport beyond their playing days.”

To see a full list of Master’s degrees available to study at GIS, click here.