Ben Houri

Profession:
Sports Director | Paris St Germain International Soccer Schools

What I do

I now oversee Paris St Germain’s soccer schools, which run throughout the summer for children aged six to 16 years at a range of different venues worldwide. I’ve already worked in Qatar and Morocco and with other schools in India, Brazil, and New York, and now we’re looking at expanding our operations across other continents.

How Hartpury helped to get me there

Every module of my course provided me with the knowledge to succeed in an environment that was like a professional football club. As a requirement of my course, I had to secure a work placement and the lecturers at Hartpury supported me fully and helped me gain a placement at PSG Soccer School. I impressed in the coaching sessions I delivered and was offered a paid contract to work with PSG the following summer. Then, after I finished my degree, I was offered the position of assistant coach with the Under-17s. After two successful seasons with them, I took on a similar role with the Under-15s and was then offered the role of sports director.