UCFB News

Alumni profile: Pedro Bernardini, director and co-founder of The Daily Futsal

As a Masters student at UCFB, Pedro’s goal upon graduation was to help promote futsal to the masses across the UK. As the director and co-founder of The Daily Futsal – a website aimed to educate participants and stakeholders on the sport – he can say he’s succeeded rather quickly.

The MSc Sport Management student was in the first cohort of Masters students at UCFB Wembley, and used his time there to network and make himself visible across the sports industry....

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Graduate Lewis enjoying life in the US with EDP Soccer

UCFB graduate Lewis Payne works for EDP Soccer in the United States – a leading youth football tournament organiser. Here Lewis, who studied BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing during his time at UCFB, explains his roles at EDP, what he’s taken from UCFB into the position, and passes on advice to current and new UCFB students…

What is your role at EDP and what does it entail?

My main role at EDP is to plan, prepare and manage the pop up...

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Alumni profile: Alexander Brown, Video Producer at The Football Association

Filming England teams around the world, celebrating on the Wembley turf with his beloved Arsenal… it’s fair to say Alexander has made a great career for himself.

As video producer for The Football Association, Alexander has had many highlights already in his short career since graduating from UCFB’s BA (Hons) Football Business & Media programme. Just four weeks into the role, he found himself in France filming and watching the England U21’s winning the prestigious Toulon Tournament. There was also the...

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Alumni profile: Tom Jarvis, Media and Marketing Executive at Wycombe Wanderers

Working as a media and marketing executive at League Two side Wycombe Wanders, Tom has a wide grasp across most aspects of the media spectrum of a football club.

The BA (Hons) Football Business & Media graduate joined the club in 2017 following his work in the media team at Southend United, a job he gained just months after leaving UCFB.

His role at Wycombe involves maintaining the club’s website, managing the social media feeds, creating and editing content for the match...

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Alumni profile: James Sandford, Placing Broker at AON

James Sandford joined insurance firm AON in 2014, midway through his BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance programme.

His current role as a placing broker in the sports, recreation and entertainment team, sees him look after personal accident and illness insurance for over 600 footballers around the world, including members of the England squad, as well as athletes from other sports.

James’ daily routine sees him constantly look at the risk athletes face in their line of work and what needs protecting,...

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Alumni profile: Conor Creamer, Apprentice Journalist at Sky Sports

Conor came to UCFB from Sky Sports through their apprenticeship scheme, and now spends his days engrossed in his favourite pastime – sport.

One of the UK’s favourite sports websites, SkySports.com offers a wide range of digital coverage for sports fans, most notably a range of reports and features across the sporting spectrum.

Conor’s role as a sports reporter sees him cover these events, from football to cricket, and from NFL to horse racing.

For an institution like Sky, only the best education...

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Alumni profile: Amy following her dream with Premier League Watford

Amy O’Connor is a business development executive at Watford FC. She graduated with first class honours from the BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing programme.

Many wish they’d followed their dreams when younger and walked down a career path of something they were passionate about.

For graduate Amy O’Connor there will be no such regrets – just months after leaving UCFB she landed herself a job at Premier League Watford as a business development executive.

Despite never having had an interest in playing...

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Andrew part of ‘invaluable’ team of UCFB graduates and students working with The FA

Since opening at Wembley Stadium in 2014, UCFB’s partnership with The Football Association has allowed each organisation to benefit from the other’s presence in the iconic venue.

While UCFB staff and students are able to tap into the governing body’s football expertise, equally The FA have access to some of the brightest young minds in sport education, enabling UCFB students the chance to gain valuable time with the organisation in work experience roles.

Recent graduate Andrew Criticos was one of those students,...

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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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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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