Chris Hughton: ‘A thirst for knowledge is the most important thing’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

In an exclusive interview with UCFB as part of the LMA Insight Series, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton shared his thoughts on how to be a successful football coach and the opportunities for black and minority coaches in the industry.

The former Newcastle United, Birmingham City, and Norwich City manager also discussed how to deal with setbacks in your career and the best way to get a foot in the door in the sports industry.

“I’ve always been...

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Simon Grayson and Craig Shakespeare to kick off Executive Guest Speaker Series at UCFB

UCFB is delighted to announce that former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson and former Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare will be the first Executive Guest Speakers of the 2018/19 academic year.

Grayson, whose most recent role saw him take the reins at Bradford City, will address students at UCFB Etihad Campus on Monday 24th September, and Shakespeare, who’s playing career included over 100 appearances for West Bromwich Albion, will appear at UCFB Wembley on the Wednesday 26th September.

Simon Grayson

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill: ‘There are so many opportunities in football’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

UCFB Etihad Campus recently welcomed Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill to speak to students about the world of coaching and football management.

With UCFB’s three coaching degree programmes – BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management, BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching and BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development – among its most popular, O’Neill shared some valuable advice for those trying to break into the coaching and management industry.

He told students: “I think the biggest advice I could...

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Gareth Southgate: ‘Part of coaching is having a thirst for knowledge and improving’

UCFB spoke exclusively to England manager Gareth Southgate midway through 2017, just before England guaranteed their place at the 2018 World Cup. As the nation prepares for a vital last-16 game against Colombia, we revisit Southgate’s thoughts on leadership, the importance of education and the ability to learn from others and past mistakes.

This interview originally appeared in UCFB’s Future Sport magazine, which can be read in full here.

An England manager will collate as many column inches throughout a...

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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez tells UCFB students: ‘Find out what you’re good at and make it exceptional’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez told UCFB students the importance of obtaining a good education to be a success in the sports industry.

Speaking to UCFB Etihad Campus students as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series, the former Everton boss told students how he has used experiences from his different managerial positions to better his understanding of the game.

? Watch Roberto Martinez message to UCFB students! What an absolute inspiration he...

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UCFB and the Rugby Football League – ‘A fantastic relationship’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Among UCFB’s many elite industry partners are the Rugby Football League, a place where graduates work and students can gain vital work experience.

Kait Ludwig, the club marketing and business operations manager for the governing body, was a recent visitor to UCFB Etihad Campus where she spoke to students as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series. Her insightful talk covered topics from women in sport, to marketing and working abroad.

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‘Women at the top of sport are an inspiration’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Having worked her way up to club marketing and business operations manager at the Rugby Football League, Kait Ludwig offered female students at UCFB invaluable advice on how to be a success in the sports industry.

On a recent visit to UCFB Etihad Campus to take part in an Executive Guest Speaker Series talk, Kait gave her thoughts on how the industry is being shaped ever more by the roles females are playing at top organisations.

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘Work hard and devote your time’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

He’s managed one of the biggest clubs in the world and is now breaking records in Scotland, but the drive to be better each day is what keeps Brendan Rodgers going.

In an interview with UCFB, the Celtic boss outlined his approach to the game and his processes, as well as giving an insight on how to become a successful football coach.

Rodgers, who’s managed the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, said: “There are no templates in terms...

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Georgina Lewis and Paul Stretford to talk to UCFB students

UCFB is delighted to announce that Georgina Lewis, The Football Association’s head of marketing, and football agent Paul Stretford will speak to UCFB students this week.

Former Microsoft digital chief Lewis, and Stretford – who counts Wayne Rooney as one of his clients – will appear at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus on Tuesday 27th February and Wednesday 28th February respectively.

Georgina Lewis

Operating out of Wembley Stadium, Lewis heads up the The FA’s marketing efforts to promote its work at home...

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Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton to speak at UCFB Taster Day event

UCFB is delighted to announce that former Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton will be appearing at the upcoming UCFB Etihad Campus Taster Day.

Warburton, who has also previously managed Brentford and Nottingham Forest, will appear at UCFB Etihad Campus on Friday 23rd February.

He will talk to guests about his career in football, as well as pass on invaluable advice to aspiring sports industry professionals.

Mark Warburton

In what has been a very short managerial career so far, Warburton has built a reputation as one of...

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