UCFB News

UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition to return in 2019

UCFB is delighted to announce the return of the popular Dragon’s Den-style UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition, with big cash prizes up for grabs for innovative students.

The competition is led by UCFB Chairman Brendan Flood and provides students with an unprecedented opportunity to compete for vital company investment.

Students from UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus will be asked to pitch their sports business ideas to a UCFB panel and then field any questions they might have. The winning team or individual...

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UCFB Lecturer Mario looks back on a memorable F1 season

A memorable Formula 1 season reached its conclusion in Abu Dhabi a few days ago with a host of talking points gripping the sport. From Lewis Hamilton’s dominance of the circuit, to Max Verstappen’s paddock meltdown in Brazil and the addition of new GPs to the calendar, hot topics abound and already attention is turning to Australia, 17 March. We spoke with Mario Zambas, Lecturer in BA (Hons) Stadium & Event Management at UCFB, who helped launch the inaugural Abu...

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UCFB alumni come out on top at Independent Higher Education Awards

UCFB was delighted to be recognised at the recent Independent Higher Education Awards in London.

On top of winning the Inspiring Alumni award, which recognised the work of graduate Alexander Brown, UCFB was also nominated in the Exporting Education category following the recently announced partnership with Africa 10.

The event celebrated innovation and best practice across the independent higher education sector, and also featured a talk from former Labour schools minister Lord Adonis.

Alexander is an inspiring alumnus, and a shining example of...

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UCFB students select their Students’ Union Executive Committee

UCFB is delighted to announce the 2018/19 Students’ Union Executive Committee for each of its iconic campuses.

Following a vote among students at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus, the following students have been elected to their respective roles:

UCFB Wembley

Brandon Morgan – President Jordan Clements – Education Officer Grace Walker – Activities Officer Ollie Morris – Inclusion Officer Sam Draper – Athletic Union Officer

UCFB Etihad Campus

Matthew Gherardi – President Anca-Maria Gherghel – Vice President Leo Healy – Education Officer Eleanor Harris – Activities Officer Nathan Reed – Inclusion Officer

The...

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Students gain important insight from leading developers at sportswear giant Nike

Senior executives from Nike recently visited UCFB Etihad Campus to speak with students about working for the world’s biggest sportswear brand.

During a consumer research visit to Europe, the group of product development executives from the US spoke to students about how a brand the size of Nike consistently creates and innovates across a range of sports.

Concentrating on football, the Nike executives discussed how their products are designed, developed and engineered to ensure maximum performance for their athletes and millions of...

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UCFB Wembley launches a Research & Journal Club

By Ben Franks, Lecturer in Coaching and Physical Education

UCFB Wembley recently launched a Research & Journal Club to encourage students and staff to engage in their academic research and share their ideas. Here, Ben Franks, a lecturer in coaching and physical education discusses the club and his latest research…

You recently presented your thesis research at UCFB Wembley’s Research & Journal Club. Can you tell us a why a forum like this is beneficial for both UCFB students and academics?

The Research...

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UCFB launches ground-breaking partnership with Africa 10

UCFB has partnered with leading pan-African youth football organisation, Africa 10, to deliver cutting-edge online sports degrees across the African continent in order to develop the football industry locally and upskill the workforce from grassroots to national governing bodies.

Africa 10 and UCFB’s long-term ambition is to see an African nation win the World Cup, and both organisations recognise the integral role that education must play in the development of the infrastructure to enable them to do so.

The UCFB & Africa...

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Global sports leaders to gather in London to champion athlete welfare initiative

Leading sports professionals from around the world will gather in London on Monday as part of a global initiative to prioritise athlete welfare across the sports industry.

The International Player Care Conference will bring together coaches, scouts, agents, medical staff, and a range of sports administrators at The Corinthia Hotel to explore best-practice strategies to improve the experiences of athletes at and away from the competition arena.

The initiative was created in 2015 by Founder and CEO of the Premier Sports Network,...

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UCFB students to scout for Coventry City as part of exciting new partnership

UCFB are delighted to announce a working partnership with League One side Coventry City.

The exciting partnership will allow UCFB Etihad Campus students on the MSc Football Coaching & Analysis programme the chance to work alongside the recruitment department for the West Midlands side.

As part of the deal, students will be visited by Coventry’s Head of Recruitment Chris Badlan and his team to discuss the type of players the club are looking for and the philosophies of their various teams. The...

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UCFB and NBA basketball seasons tip off on jam-packed Wednesday

Recently ranked as the most powerful sports brand in the world, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is going from strength to strength across the globe. Having this week signed a new four-year broadcast deal with Sky Sports in the UK, the 2018-19 season tips off tomorrow with back-to-back champions Golden State Warriors (GSW) again marked as hot favourites.

Meanwhile, UCFB Wembley’s inaugural basketball season also begins on Wednesday, with BUCS competition commencing at Vale Park Sports Centre, Wembley, against University of...

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