UCFB News

14th July 2017

Conor’s one-two with UCFB and Sky Sports

The nationally recognised NCTJ Diploma in Journalism helped UCFB graduate Conor on his way with the nation’s most popular sport website…

There can be no denying that Sky Sports has changed the way fans watch sport forever.

Thousands of football, rugby, cricket and NFL fixtures are beamed into living rooms around the country every year in high definition, with some of the most talented names in punditry analysing the games in fine detail.

But it’s Sky Sports’ journalistic efforts that have also made...

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14th July 2017

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel head for showdown at Silverstone

 

By Rebecca Hawksworth

This weekend sees the battle for the Formula One Championship head to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, with home favourite Lewis Hamilton looking to close the gap on title rival Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel currently leads the Drivers’ Championship by 20 points ahead of Hamilton in second, who this season is vying for his fourth World Championship. The 5.89km circuit in Northamptonshire saw Hamilton storm to victory in 2016 and the Brit will be hoping for a similar result...

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12th July 2017

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino explains the importance of individuals in the team game

By Riegan Thompson

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is one of the hottest properties in football right now. The young Argentine, a relative unknown when he arrived in England in 2013, has achieved two top three Premier League finishes with the London club, turning players like Harry Kane and Dele Alli into household names.

Following a successful spell at Southampton, Pochettino moved to his current new club in the summer of 2014 with aspirations of one day winning the league. His first...

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7th July 2017

Working with JDG is helping Dan and Jay’s own big business plans

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Two UCFB students are gaining valuable work experience with JDG Sports, a leading independent provider of sport content and marketing services.

Dan Jones and Jay Karabel, who both study BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing students, were granted the opportunity to work for JDG after the company approached UCFB looking for two students to help their client base.

Within JDG, Dan is responsible for finding clients and building working relationships, while Jay, pictured above, works with existing client Manchester Giants,...

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6th July 2017

Blackpool calling for UCFB student Brad

For an aspiring football industry professional with big ambitions, Brad Lucken is going about the right way of making himself known to the right people.

The UCFB Etihad Campus student, currently studying BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing, has landed a brilliant work placement role as assistant to the chief executive of Blackpool FC, Alex Cowdy.

With the long term goal of being in a similar position himself one day, Brad spends his time at the newly-promoted League One side helping Cowdy...

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3rd July 2017

Wimbledon preview: Will Federer make it eight, and can Konta fly the flag for Britain?

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Famous for its strawberries and all-white dress code, Wimbledon is set to get underway next week with thousands flocking to SW19 to watch one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.

The green grass of Centre Court will see Andy Murray looking to retain his Wimbledon title following success last year. However, the Brit will have a tough battle on his hands after being demolished by world number 90 Jordan Thompson in straight sets in the first round of...

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30th June 2017

Hope Powell: ‘You must educate and evolve to survive as a coach’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

The importance of education for aspiring sports coaches isn’t lost on former England Women’s manager Hope Powell.

Powell, who also led Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, said: “I think formal education in terms of coaching is really important. It skills you in the knowledge of the game and it keeps you abreast of current affairs in football.”

Speaking exclusively to UCFB, she added: “The game changes all the time and part of the education process helps you adapt...

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28th June 2017

Student profile: Simon Li, MSc International Sport Management

UCFB’s postgraduate programmes have been designed to delve further into the world of senior management across a number of aspects of the sports industry.

The unique business model of sport – investors, athletes, fans – has increasingly meant more and more money is spent in a plethora of different areas of the industry around the world. So understanding this model and how it’s managed has become increasingly relevant in 21st century sport.

A deep understanding of international sport is something Simon had...

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28th June 2017

Sport, music and nightlife: Why Manchester is the ultimate city for students to live and learn in

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Manchester is one of the country’s most popular student cities, with a whole host of fun things to do right on your doorstep.

The city is full of culture and diversity, and whether you’re interested in art, music, football or just want to do a bit of shopping, your desires are catered for.

As a student, Manchester Central Library is fantastic – consisting of several floors, thousands of books and over 100 computers.

Of course a big part of being a...

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26th June 2017

Gareth Southgate on not working 9-5 and learning from rugby’s Eddie Jones

By Riegan Thompson

England manager Gareth Southgate has a clear message for UCFB students working towards a career in the football and sports industry – be prepared to work hard.

“You’re not in an industry that is 9-5, Monday to Friday,” he said. “So you’re going to have to be in for long unsociable hours.”

Southgate was speaking to UCFB Wembley students as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series. In a wide ranging talk covering his playing and coaching career, the former...

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