UCFB is delighted to announce the names of the industry guest speakers who will be appearing at the upcoming Taster Days at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus.

Professionals from the like of coaching, finance and media will be speaking to prospective students about their careers and giving advice on how to succeed in the football and sports industry.

Each speaker is listed below under the degree programme and campus. If you are yet to confirm you place at a UCFB Taster Day, simply click on your degree programme to book your place.

UCFB Wembley+

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management

Thursday 24th January & Wednesday 27th February

Kevin Green, Regional Coach Mentor Officer at The Football Association – Kevin has been with The FA for over 11 years in a range of roles, ranging from a Skills Coach, to FA Skills Team Leader. He has a background in sport science and was previously Technical Director for the Middlesex FA Centre of Excellence.


BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching

Thursday 24th January & Wednesday 27th February

Kevin Green, Regional Coach Mentor Officer at The Football Association – Kevin has been with The FA for over 11 years in a range of roles, ranging from a Skills Coach, to FA Skills Team Leader. He has a background in sport science and was previously Technical Director for the Middlesex FA Centre of Excellence.


BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing

Thursday 24th January

Sissel Gynnild Hartley, Owner of Nala Sports Marketing – Sissel is an award-winning marketeer with ten years’ experience in FMCG and sports marketing. Sissel spent the last five years working for The Football Association, where she most recently was responsible for the Three Lions’ World Cup 2018 campaign. She now runs her own sports marketing consultancy, Nala Sports Marketing.


BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance

Thursday 24th January & Wednesday 27th February

Coming soon


BA (Hons) Football Business & Media

Thursday 24th January & Saturday 9th March

Paul Morrissey, Head of Media and Communications at Queens Park Rangers – A media, communications and PR professional, Paul has worked in the football industry for more than 16 years, spending 13 of those years working in the Premier League and Football League with Crystal Palace, Millwall and now QPR. In that time he has built up an extensive network of contacts across all areas of the media.


BA (Hons) International Football Business

Thursday 24th January

Coming soon


BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism

Saturday 9th March

Coming soon


BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting

Saturday 9th March

Coming soon


BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sport Law

Wednesday 27th February

Coming soon


BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology

Wednesday 27th February

Lee Richardson, Psychologist at Lancashire CCC – Lee began his football career as a midfielder at his local club Halifax Town, before enjoying spells at a number of clubs throughout the UK. Richardson was appointed as Chesterfield manager in April 2007, where he worked for two years. He now works as a psychologist with Lancashire CCC and Crystal Palace.


BA (Hons) Stadium & Events Management

Wednesday 27th February

Coming soon


BA (Hons) Physical Education

Wednesday 27th February

Ollie Parkinson, Assistant Head of Department at Ark Academy School – Ollie studied Secondary Education and Physical Education at Cumbria University, before working as a learning support assistant. He has worked at Ark Academy in Brent for two years.


UCFB Etihad Campus+

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management

Friday 25th January & Wednesday 20th February

Tom Statham, Academy Coach at Manchester United – At the end of his professional playing career, Tom was approached by Manchester United and offered a coaching position with the academy, where he has now coached young players for over 20 years.


BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development

Friday 25th January & Wednesday 20th February

Tom Statham, Academy Coach at Manchester United – At the end of his professional playing career, Tom was approached by Manchester United and offered a coaching position with the academy, where he has now coached young players for over 20 years.


BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing

Friday 25th January & Wednesday 20th February

Coming soon


BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance

Friday 25th January & Wednesday 20th February

Steve Cook, Company Accountant at Bradford City – Starting his career at Bradford City, Steve moved on to Burnley FC before returning to the Yorkshire club as Company Accountant.


BA (Hons) Football Business & Media

Friday 25th January & Wednesday 20th February* 

Friday 25th January – Chris Hall, Sports Correspondent at Granada – Chris is a Granada Sports Correspondent, and was winner of the 02 Media Awards Broadcast Sports Journalist of the Year for North West England in 2018.

*Guest speaker for 20th February to be announced


BA (Hons) International Football Business

Wednesday 20th February

Coming soon