UCFB News

UCFB netball captain Emily looks back on a memorable year for the England team

England’s gold medal-winning netball team capped an amazing year by securing two awards at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show on Sunday night. After their historic Commonwealth Games win in April, the Roses were named Team of the Year and also won the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year award for their dramatic victory in the final over hosts Australia. We spoke with Emily Dack, BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting student at UCFB, and captain of...

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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 Pablo 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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Student Ilias looks at the impact and growth of eSports

The eSports industry continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. It is estimated that by 2020 it will be worth around US$1.5billion, a third of the size of the NBA and comparable to France’s Ligue 1.

Ilias Pajoheshfar, a BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management student at UCFB Wembley, is an eSports fanatic and advocate of the positive impact it can have on participants. Here, the Next 25 scholar shares his thoughts and experiences of the one of the world’s fastest...

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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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Michael O’Neill: International football and managing the media

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill spoke of the differences between club and international management during a recent Executive Guest Speaker appearance at UCFB Etihad Campus.

O’Neill began his managerial career with Scottish side Brechin City before moving back to Ireland and enjoying a two-year stint with Shamrock Rovers. Having then moved in to international management in 2011, O’Neill spoke to students about some of the key tests he faced when taking charge of Northern Ireland’s national side.

He said: “It...

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Brad and Bentley heading to Brunei for roles at National FA

Located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, Brunei has a longstanding football heritage with the national team joining FIFA in 1969. The country boasts two exciting professional leagues with the Brunei Super League and the Brunei Premier League being enjoyed by fans. We spoke to Brad Smith and Bentley Rounding, both BA (Hons) International Football Business students at UCFB Wembley, who are both heading out to Brunei in January for work placements with the National Football Association…

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UCFB Etihad Campus match report round-up

A round-up of BUCS match reports from the men’s teams at UCFB Etihad Campus on Wednesday 28th November.

Manchester Metropolitan University 1st 1-2 UCFB 1st

A Will Ozono brace helped UCFB claim back-to-back victories in a hard-fought victory away at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), as they move up to third in the league table.

Despite a quiet opening to the match as both teams battled for full control of possession, UCFB managed to find a breakthrough on the 17-minute mark through Will...

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