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Law students learn from the best in Beswicks Sports masterclasses

In recent weeks’ students from UCFB’s BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law have had the chance to learn from the best in the industry.

Masterclasses delivered by experts at Beswicks Sports, one of the world’s leading sports management groups, have helped to outline the intricacies of sports governance, regulation and the role of agents and intermediaries.

Established in 1922, Beswicks provides services for players covering contract negotiation, image rights and career advice, as well as club services addressing sponsorship and player...

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Online student Mihir working in the heart of the US football industry

Football in the US has reached a tipping point and there is no going back. With attendance levels now at 7.3 million per year, Major League Soccer is one of the fastest growing divisions in the world with Atlanta United setting the pace after announcing a record 71,812 turnout for their October 2018 fixture against Chicago Fire. Since launching in 1996 with 10 teams, the MLS now features 23 clubs with three more on the way including David Beckham’s Inter...

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Student Matt takes home £1,000 prize in inaugural UCFB esports tournament

UCFB Etihad Campus student Matt Butterworth was crowned the inaugural UCFB esports champion following an epic competition across both campuses.

Following his victory at the Etihad leg of the FIFA tournament, Matt travelled to UCFB Wembley to take on the London-based winner and student Nafis Chowdhury. Following a thrilling 6-3 win in the first leg, Matt, playing as Barcelona, went into the second game with a big advantage. A courageous 4-3 victory for Nafis and Juventus restored some pride, but Matt,...

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‘Tottenham’s going home’ – London’s latest mega-stadium opens its doors

It’s been a season of delays for Tottenham fans as they’ve waited to return to N17 and their new home. But tonight, finally, against Crystal Palace, Spurs will kick off a new chapter in their history at London’s latest mega-stadium. UCFB’s Head of Employability & Enrichment and avid Spurs supporter, Neil Silver, was at one of the recent test events working for The Sun, and he saw first-hand just what players and fans can expect tonight…

It wouldn’t have mattered if...

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Students battle it out for £1,000 prize in inaugural FIFA tournament

UCFB students are set to compete for the chance to be crowned eSports champion and win a £1,000 prize.

Students will go head-to-head on the popular video game to determine a champion from each campus, before the two winners face off in the hope of being named the inaugural UCFB FIFA champion.

The tournament will take place on March 20th and March 27th at UCFB Etihad Campus and UCFB Wembley respectively, and will be run by eSports experts Player 1 Events. Player...

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Cash prizes handed out to winners of 2019 UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Award

Innovative football fashion and an international training camp were the big winners to secure funding in the 2019 edition of the UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Award.

Groups of students from both UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus presented their ideas over two days to members of the UCFB board in the hope of winning up to £5,000 funding to invest in their business.

Following several exciting pitches, Sarah Makki, a BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism, won the Etihad prize after demonstrating her vision to make football...

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UCFB academic Gerald helps shape parliamentary report on physical education

A leading UCFB academic played his part in the recent publication of a parliamentary report demanding that a government fund be relaunched to enable primary school children to get better provision for Physical Education.

The report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood states that children being educated in a ‘physical sense’ is as ‘important and life-enhancing as being able to read or do maths.’

The report comes on the back of Dr. Gerald Griggs, UCFB Etihad Campus’s...

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UCFB announce four new football industry degrees

UCFB is delighted to announce details of three new Masters degrees set to launch this September, including a second online degree, and a further undergraduate programme.

MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing, MSc Football Business and MSc Football Business (Online) will join UCFB’s stellar line up of postgraduate programme options, giving current and aspiring sports professionals even more opportunity to gain the necessary skills to work in the multi-billion-pound football and sports industry.

Also set to launch is the BA (Hons) Football...

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Modern Love and The Manchester United Way

Sensible Soccer director Dave Horrocks gave us some insight into what may be going on at Manchester United following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and what the current coaching quartet may bring to the table in this startling turnaround. On Solskjaer’s team at United is UCFB’s Mike Phelan, who Horrocks has worked with on a number of occasion, as well as up and coming United coach Kieran McKenna…

Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appear more of a revelation as time...

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Hannah looks back on highlights from memorable Qatar trip

A recent UCFB trip to Doha saw a group of students visit some of the key venues and stadiums that will host the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Hannah Smith, BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing student at UCFB Wembley, was among the visiting party that toured the Khalifa International stadium (main image) and the ultra-modern Aspire Academy, meeting the England Women’s football team and manager Phil Neville in the process. We spoke to Hannah about her highlights from the pioneering...

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