Kick-off the new season with a free interactive taster course: The Business of Football, brought to you by The Open University in partnership with The Football League Trust.

Whoever said that you should never mix business with pleasure may wish to reconsider. Starting 11th August, the online course will enable football fanatics with business brains to delve behind the scenes of the beautiful game.

Providing insight through interactive media, intriguing themes such as the economics of football, motivation, team effectiveness, and strategic management; The Business of Football will allow you to welcome the return of the Sky Bet Football League as both fan and business student.

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The interactive course offers a flavour of what it would be like to study BA (Hons) Business Management (Sport & Football), an exciting new degree from The Open University and The Football League Trust.

Figures from the world of football, business and education recently united for a celebratory afternoon at the National Football Museum, as former Crystal Palace manager, Sky Sports pundit and qualified engineer Iain Dowie launched the degree, which is set to bring business learning to life.

Below: Iain Dowie (Sky Sports News), Gordon Taylor (PFA), Mike Evans (FL Trust), Jacky Hinton (Open University) and John Nixon (FL Trust) celebrating the launch.

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BA (Hons) Business Management (Sport & Football) allows you to select specific business, management, training and sports modules to match your career ambitions, as you apply business tactics to the multi-billion pound industry throughout your studies.

With the flexibility to tailor learning around your free time, studying in places to suit you, regular workshops at inspiring Football League stadia, and developing business skills transferable beyond sport, the course is a catalyst for those destined for a higher league.

The degree begins in October, with registration closing in September. To learn more about this exciting new opportunity with The Football League Trust and The Open University, a world leader in modern distance learning, please visit www.openuniversity.ac.uk/football.

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Above: Ellie Dunwell, who completed The Business of Football interactive course, joining the celebrations at the National Football Museum.