UCFB News

20th September 2017

Jess living the dream by pulling on the famous white shirt of her beloved Leeds United

It’s every football fan’s dream to play for the club they support, but very few ever get the chance. For UCFB student Jess Holland however, turning out for Leeds United has become a reality.

The talented forward was snapped up by the Whites from Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town this summer, following the club completing its transition from Leeds Ladies to Leeds United Ladies.

Playing in the Women’s Premier League Northern Division One, Jess will spend the next year balancing her BA (Hons)...

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18th September 2017

UCFB and The National League: A gold£n opportunity for all students

By Paul Fletcher MBE, UCFB director and co-founder

No matter how well you perform in your final grades upon graduating from UCFB, one question you will be asked at every job interview will be: “What experience do you have?”

It’s a tough question when you’ve been studying hard for three years. I found myself in a far more difficult situation when I retired from football with a serious injury aged 31. I had no interest in becoming a manager or a fitness...

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11th September 2017

Graduate Jay covers his beloved Orlando City… all the way from Yorkshire

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Late nights and early mornings – UCFB graduate Jay Taylor goes to extreme lengths to cover one American MLS side.

Since setting up the @AllOrlandoCity Twitter account in February 2016, Jay has become one of the go-to accounts for Orlando City fans. He covers each match during the season with live updates on the social media website, as well as on Facebook and YouTube. Incredibly, he does it all from his home in Harrogate, North Yorkshire!

Describing how his passion...

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8th September 2017

Cup finals just part of the day job for recent UCFB graduate Craig

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Gracing the famous Wembley turf in an FA Cup final – not a bad way to end 15 months of exceptional work experience!

That’s exactly what happened to recent UCFB graduate Craig Harrison back in May, as his time as an event assistant at Wembley Stadium, part of UCFB Wembley, for The Football Association came to an end.

The BA (Hons) Stadium and Events Management graduate has covered many high profile events at the national stadium, including England fixtures and...

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6th September 2017

UCFB student and Team GB athlete Jack Gladman reflects on memorable World Para Athletic Championships in London

By Riegan Thompson

Some students find it tricky to combine their studies and social lives at the best of times, but UCFB student Jack Gladman took it one step further by incorporating a vigorous 14-month training schedule which led him to the London Stadium and representing Great Britain at the World Para Athletic Championships this summer.

Jack, who studies BA (Hons) Football Business & Media, competes as a T38* 1,500m distance runner and set off on his journey to London by appointing...

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1st September 2017

Casey expands sporting future thanks to work placement role at the Manchester FA

By Rebecca Hawksworth

UCFB student Casey Evans recently completed a successful two-week work placement within the social media department of the Manchester FA.

The Manchester FA is responsible for governing and developing grass roots football across the whole of Greater Manchester.

When asked what his main duties were whilst working for the Manchester FA, Casey said: “I helped with their social media profile, including helping with their recent bid to get verified on Twitter, which was successful. I also researched and wrote articles...

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29th August 2017

UCFB student Christopher gains valuable work experience at Ulster Grand Prix 2017

By Rebecca Hawksworth

UCFB BA (Hons) Sports Business and Coaching student, Christopher Abbott, was lucky enough to obtain some valuable work experience at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix event in Northern Ireland.

The Ulster Grand Prix is the world’s fastest road race, with speeds of up to 200mph. The race takes place at the 7.4 mile Dundrod Circuit, made up entirely of closed-off public roads near Belfast. Annually the event attracts over 50,000 spectators as the fans turn out to watch some...

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24th August 2017

UCFB student Rebecca gives her verdict at the mid-way point of the Formula One season

By Rebecca Hawksworth

If you had surveyed Formula One fans before the start of this season and asked them who would be leading the Drivers’ Championship going into the summer break, not many would have opted for Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari.

Eleven races in and with nine still to go, Vettel currently leads the Drivers’ Championship by 14 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. However, with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas just 19 points behind him, it’s a tight three...

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23rd August 2017

UCFB joins The Higher Education Academy

UCFB is a proud member of The Higher Education Academy (HEA), the national body which champions teaching excellence.

Our membership with the HEA enables our academic staff to gain access to best practice ideas and knowledge thanks to the HEA’s focus on improving approaches to teaching, and individual teaching practice, to help improve the student journey into, through and beyond higher education.

The HEA is recognised globally for inspiring teaching excellence to inspire and drive student success. All UCFB academic staff are...

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22nd August 2017

UCFB and Rugby Football League strike working partnership

UCFB is delighted to announce a partnership with the Rugby Football League that will allow students to gain invaluable work experience opportunities at one of the country’s leading sporting bodies.

The deal with the Rugby Football League, who oversee the likes of the BetFred Super League, will see students and graduates land roles within the organisation itself and at some of its leading clubs.

The Rugby Football League joins a long illustrious list of institutions UCFB is proud to call partners, including...

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