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21st December 2014

UCFB Guest Lecturer Profile: Niall Sloane, Director of Sport at ITV

Hailing from a illustrious career in sports journalism, Niall Sloane has been at the forefront of British Sport broadcasting for almost 30 years. Working for the BBC for several decades, he now heads up ITV’s sports programming.

A passion for football began at an early age – Niall grew up in Northern Ireland and played for his local team Portadown where he was voted Young Footballer of the Year. Moving to England, he undertook a short stint with Sheffield Wednesday before deciding that the game of professional...

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5th December 2014

BBC Directors visit UCFB

Peter Salmon, Director, England at the BBC, and Ian Haythornthwaite, Director of Finance at the BBC, gave an insightful guest lecture to UCFB Burnley students.

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5th December 2014

Brendan Foster CBE lecture

British Olympian and Founder of the Great North Run, Brendan Foster, gave an inspirational talk to UCFB Burnley students.

Brendan Foster won the bronze medal for the 10,000m in the Montreal Olympics in 1976 and broke the Olympic record for the 5,000m in the same year. Brendan went on to set World Records over 2 miles and 3,000m. He also won three medals in three consecutive Commonwealth Games, culminating in the gold medal at Edmonton 1978, and has two European Championships...

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1st December 2014

Simon Clarkson guest lecture

By Amy Cutler

Accomplished international trainer, speaker and author, Simon Clarkson delivered the first  of three instalments to UCFB Burnley students.

Simon started out trading commodities and working as an Investment Banker at Barclays. He quickly realised his expertise and passion lay elsewhere, encouraging him to begin his own personal journey, delving into the world of High Performance Thinking. Simon’s pragmatic and inspirational style aims to generate energy for both personal and organisational change and the results of his work range from...

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29th November 2014

UCFB Wembley Pitch Day

UCFB Wembley students, staff and alumni were granted a once in a lifetime opportunity to play on the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium.

It is the dream of every football fan around the world and yesterday it was realised by over 100 UCFB Wembley students who played a series of matches on the world-famous Wembley pitch. The first ever UCFB Wembley Pitch Day allowed students, staff and alumni to take to field in the iconic stadium that has hosted Champions League...

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25th November 2014

England v Germany Women

A record sell-out crowd of 55,000 fans watched history happen as England took on Germany in a Women’s International Friendly at Wembley Stadium.

It was the first women’s international match at the new Wembley Stadium since the home of football reopened in 2007, and it was marked by a key event at UCFB. In partnership with She Kicks, UCFB Wembley hosted an event to celebrate the role of women within the football business and sports industries. Guests included representatives from various FA...

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20th November 2014

Congratulations Mike Phelan

Congratulations to Mike Phelan, new First Team Coach at Norwich City.

We are delighted to congratulate Mike Phelan, member of the UCFB Advisory Board on his new role as First Team Coach at Norwich City. Former Manchester United Assistant Manager has a strong connection with Norwich City, making 194 appearances in four years as a player and working closely with Gary Megson at the club during the 1995-96 season.  Mike has gained decades of experience both on and off the pitch,...

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12th November 2014

Congratulations Daniel Geey

UCFB guest speaker Daniel Geey was this week ranked as one of the ‘Associates to Watch’ in the ‘UK-wide Sport’ section of the 2015 Chambers & Partners guide to the world’s best lawyers.

Chambers & Partners named Daniel Geey as one of eight lawyers to receive this accolade in their latest annual report. In their 2015 guide they noted:

Daniel Geey of Fieldfisher is well regarded by peers and clients alike for his experience in football-related matters, and especially in connection to...

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11th November 2014

Q&A with Ryan McKnight

By Amy Cutler

Former Stockport County Chief Executive Ryan McKnight gave an insightful lecture to UCFB Burnley students as part of our Executive Speaker Series.

At 30, Ryan McKnight was the youngest male chief executive in English football when he joined Stockport County Football Club, successfully manoeuvring them through a ‘very sticky financial period’. He has since left this ‘very privileged role’ to provide expertise to a number of football clubs and is now advising at Port Vale Football Club. McKnight...

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1st November 2014

Rachel Yankey signs for UCFB Wembley

Arsenal and England player Rachel Yankey has been confirmed as UCFB Wembley Ladies Football Team Head Coach.

Considered one of the England national side’s all-time greats, Rachel Yankey won her 100th cap three years ago and scored against Japan at the World Cup. Awarded an MBE in 2005, Rachel is pacy, versatile and tricky, and she featured in all of Team GB’s matches at the Olympics. Rachel has also had a successful career at Arsenal FC spanning over 8 seasons of...

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