Shane Malone – Opening Career Opportunities with a Sports Science Degree

BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science


“I was always interested in the ‘why’ side of sport.”

With a young family, Shane Malone’s personal life was set. He had his girlfriend and his son making him as happy as could be. But the professional side still left something to be desired. Shane wanted to find a job that would be fulfilling for him every day but also one that would allow him to take care of his family and open doors for them.

That’s what led him to Portobello Institute’s BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Performance Analysis degree. Portobello Institute’s updated version of this is a BSc (Hons) in Sports and Exercise Science, accredited by Liverpool John Moore’s University.

“I discussed it with my family and we came to the conclusion that a degree would benefit us and my son in the long run… the long-term benefits of this course and the doors it will open in the long run convinced me to sign up,” he said.

“Mainly it is the strong interest I have in sports science, I always said I want a job that I enjoy doing and the opportunity to go to Portobello to study sports science and performance analysis will give me the chance to do that.

Shane had no issues applying for the sports science course. He spoke with our expert course advisor about what he would be studying.

“What modules I would be doing was a big one for me, with biomechanics and physiology as a major deciding factor in choosing this course,” he said.

Biomechanics and physiology open opportunities for students who don’t come from a sports science background. All of our modules are designed to help students get a grounding in sports science to become advanced, elite professional practitioners upon graduation.

For Shane, the modules were vital but how he would study was important too. He needed to take care of his son and spend time with his family. Portobello’s scheduling allowed him to do that:

“I think the flexibility of it all, although it is full-time time is only 2-3 days a week, you do have to do assignments and study but I fit that around my working life and being a dad I also found the flexibility of it very helpful,” he said.

The course gave Shane an opportunity to better himself and he developed a drive to go even further in his academic career.

Portobello Institute offers a BSc (Hons) in Sports and Exercise Science to begin your career in sports science and an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis to accelerate your career to the next level. 

Read our article to discover more about a career in sports science.

Portobello Institute has a dynamic sports department with a range of top qualifications for the next step in your career.

If you are interested in any of our sports courses or have any questions you can book a consultation call with our expert sports advisor Jason Lester, email [email protected] or call 01 892 0029. 

Shane Malone – Opening Career Opportunities with a Sports Science Degree Shane Malone – Opening Career Opportunities with a Sports Science Degree