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Alumni profile: Sharon Hoyos-Martinez, Business Support Assistant at Sport Resolutions UK

After graduating from UCFB and her BA (Hons) International Football Business programme, Sharon Hoyos-Martinez landed a job with Sport Resolutions UK as a Business Support Assistant. We caught up with her to find out more about the role and what it entails…

Hi Sharon. Your role at Sport Resolutions UK, working on mediation and arbitration across the sports industry, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us a bit about the role?

Hey, sure! I am currently the Business Support Assistant at Sport...

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Alumni profile: Sean Elderbrant, Digital Media Executive at the Scottish Professional Football League

During their time at UCFB students are consistently encouraged to network and gain as much work experience as possible to aid their chances of employment come graduation. Sean Elderbrant, a BA (Hons) Football Business & Media graduate, did just that at the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL). After completing numerous work placements with the governing body, an ideal opportunity arose…

During my time at UCFB I had the opportunity to undertake work experience with the SPFL after speaking to Neil Doncaster...

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Alumni profile: Gabriella Ward, Communications and Commercial Partnerships Executive at the League Managers Association

Following her graduation from the BA (Hons) International Football Business programme in 2018, Gabriella Ward landed the role of Communications and Commercial Partnerships Executive at the League Managers Association, one of UCFB’s esteemed partners. Based at St George’s Park, the headquarters of English football, Gabriella works with some of the biggest names in the game to look after the interests of the LMA and its members. Here, she tells us more…

How long have you been working for the LMA and...

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Alumni profile: David Moat, Commercial & Marketing Executive at Watford FC

Working in the Premier League is a dream for many, but for UCFB graduate David Moat it was a dream come true.

Straight out of his BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing degree programme, David found himself working in the commercial, marketing and corporate sales department at Vicarage Road. Already by working across various departments his mixed role has allowed him to experience the many different aspects that go into running a Premier League club like Watford. David joined Amy O’Connor...

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Alumni profile: Josh Arnold, Sports Coach at Aldro Prep School for Boys

It’s not just in club academies around the country where the talent of tomorrow is nurtured – it’s also on the playgrounds of the nation’s schools.

That’s where BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching graduate Josh is doing his part, at Aldro Preparatory School for Boys in Surrey. As a Sports Coach in the PE department, Josh teaches the youngsters across a range of activities, including football, rugby, hockey and cricket.

Coaching students from years three to eight, Josh uses the skills...

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Alumni profile: Bastian Hildebrand, Marketing Manager at Juventus Academy London

When you work for one of the biggest sporting brands in the world, pressure comes from all angles. As the Marketing Manager for the Juventus Academy London, Bastian Hildebrand ensures the camps gain the right coverage to support the club’s development plan in their bid to unearth the next Paolo Dybala.

The BA (Hons) International Football Business graduate helps to run the Academy’s website and social media channels, showcasing the work the coaches do with youngsters in the capital, all of...

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Alumni profile: Jemma Entwistle, Girls’ Regional Talent Club Coach at Blackburn Rovers

During her time as a BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching student at UCFB, Jemma undertook a number of coaching work placements to bolster her CV and knowledge ahead of graduating and following her goal of being full-time coach.

Her time with the Manchester United Foundation, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and the Rochdale AFC foundation academy set Jemma up perfectly for her role now with Blackburn Rovers, and provided invaluable experience as she set up her own company – The Coaching...

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Alumni profile: Ben Friend, Event Manager at The Football Association

Wembley Stadium is a busy place these days, just ask UCFB graduate Ben Friend. If it isn’t England internationals, it’s FA Cup matches. Then there’s the numerous games around the country with the Women’s team and the Under-21 side.

Since graduating from his BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing programme in 2015, Ben has been a valuable asset to The FA, first as an Event Coordinator, and now as an Event Manager. His role and his team sit within the operations...

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Graduate Alexander named as ‘one to watch’ at the Football Black List awards

It has been quite a year for UCFB graduate Alexander Brown. After being part of The Football Association media team that gave fans unprecedented access to the England team at this summer’s memorable World Cup in Russia, he was recently named as ‘one to watch’ at the prestigious Football Black List awards. The awards celebrate African and Caribbean achievement in the British game away from the pitch and those working hard behind the scenes. We caught up with Alexander after the...

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Masters graduate Jed impresses during time at Middlesex FA

Jed Pearl recently graduated from the MSc Sport Management programme at UCFB Wembley. Upon completing the programme, Jed successfully applied for an internship at the Middlesex Football Association, one of the many county FAs that help govern English football. Here, Jed tells us about the experience and what he learned in the role…

What was the role you had at Middlesex and what did it entail? 

The role I had with the Middlesex FA was as a Referee Recruitment and Development Intern.

The...

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