Hearts and Hibs have reached an agreement with Edinburgh Napier University to get their talented young players working in the classroom.

A deal has been reached for prospects from both the Jambos and Hibees to earn a university qualification alongside their football education.

Hearts and Hibs will work together on the new course. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Players will be given the opportunity to continue studying for between an extra two-four years in order to complete a BA in Business and Enterprise in Sport degree after an initial two-year course reaches its conclusion.

A programme that is being trialed with a limited amount of clubs at first, it’s hoped that this can be a pathway for players to have a career outside of football.

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Students that enter the course must be enrolled academy players at their respective clubs. They also do not require any previous higher qualifications from their time at secondary school.

The course will be offering six modules over two years to Certificate of Higher Education standard, with some of the topics including psychology, the athlete in sport, and football in the digital age.

Hibs Sporting Director Graeme Mathie said: “It’s a fantastic position for us as a club to be able to deliver not only a high-quality football education but now – through this partnership with Napier University – a high-quality educational programme for our players.

“It is very much aligned to our strategic aim of being a ‘learner’s club’ and I have no doubt our players will benefit from the programme.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to my colleagues Sean McPartlin and Steve Curnyn, who have been in discussions with Napier for some time in order to deliver this partnership and also to confirm a list of learners of various ages and stages from within the club.”

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