The unique opportunities at UCFB to apply for and undertake placements within the football and sports industry will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge while experiencing first-hand what it’s like to work in this fast paced and exciting environment.

You will have the opportunity to graduate from UCFB not only with a fantastic university degree, but also an impressive CV with a number of important work experiences in the football and sports industry.

Work placements are an important way to improve your employability and utilise your education before beginning a successful career. Placements for UCFB students to date have included positions at Premier League clubs, national governing bodies and sports brands in the UK and abroad. These have also included placements with The National League, its clubs, and the United Soccer League (USL) thanks to just some of UCFB’s exciting industry partnerships.

Students have gained experience in an impressive array of careers whilst at UCFB, including sports journalism, digital marketing, website management, photography, broadcasting, sponsorship activation, coaching, sports law and event and retail management.


Anya Wood, BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing  – Marketing dept. at Barrow AFC in The National League

“I first got involved with Barrow AFC after speaking to a UCFB graduate, who said that getting involved with my local team would put me in good stead in gaining knowledge of the industry.”


Jamie Green, BA (Hons) Football Business & Media – Media dept. at Blackburn Rovers Ladies

“This role has given me the experience that will allow me to stand out when applying for jobs in the future.”


Rebecca Hawksworth, BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism – Media dept. at Huddersfield Town

“Being given that insight into how content is produced for a football club on a weekly basis is incredible.”


Ryan Booth, BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism – Media dept. at Huddersfield Town

“The RFL gives me a high profile platform to showcase my work and an opportunity to increase my network within the game.”


Kerry Russell, BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting – Media dept. at Reading Ladies

“I am learning vital skills that I will take into the professional industry with me after finishing my degree.”


UCFB students have secured work placements at clubs, governing bodies and organisations in the UK and around the world that include the following:

Burnley FC Rio Olympics 2016 2LF Sports Management
The Football Association Burnley Football Development Manchester City FC
Rugby League World Cup 2013 Doncaster Rovers FC UEFA Champions League
Scottish Professional Football League Poland Football Association – PZPN Manchester Thunder Netball
Hong Kong Football Association PwC Ultimate Fighting Championship
Seattle Sounders Soccer Smart Scunthorpe United FC
Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Team Accrington College Ladies’ Team Lancashire Evening Telegraph
Norwich City FC Charlton FC Ear to the Ground
The Evo-Stik League ING ISM
PDC – Professional Darts Corporation The Oval  FCB Escola – FC Barcelona academy
Football Focus (BBC Sport) Middlesbrough FC  UCFB TV
Original Fantasy League Wembley Stadium Sporting Pro
Stockport County FC World Football Academy Partick Thistle FC
UEFA Europa League Coritiba FC Fleetwood Town FC
Leeds United FC WFA National Symposium Crawley Town FC
Bacup Borough FC MSSL TalkSPORT

The opportunity to carry out employment activities within these operational environments provides you with a platform to strengthen your CV and gain a wider understanding of the 360 degree operation of the sport industry, working alongside the best in the business.

Read more UCFB work experience case studies.


Earn while you learn

As well as unique work experience opportunities, there is an abundance of paid work opportunities for students at both UCFB campuses in the local area to earn while they learn, with many in the football and sports industry that will look great on your CV.

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Find out more about paid work opportunities.