7th July 2017

Working with JDG is helping Dan and Jay’s own big business plans

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Two UCFB students are gaining valuable work experience with JDG Sports, a leading independent provider of sport content and marketing services.

Dan Jones and Jay Karabel, who both study BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing students, were granted the opportunity to work for JDG after the company approached UCFB looking for two students to help their client base.

Within JDG, Dan is responsible for finding clients and building working relationships, while Jay, pictured above, works with existing client Manchester Giants,...

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6th July 2017

Blackpool calling for UCFB student Brad

For an aspiring football industry professional with big ambitions, Brad Lucken is going about the right way of making himself known to the right people.

The UCFB Etihad Campus student, currently studying BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing, has landed a brilliant work placement role as assistant to the chief executive of Blackpool FC, Alex Cowdy.

With the long term goal of being in a similar position himself one day, Brad spends his time at the newly-promoted League One side helping Cowdy...

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3rd July 2017

Wimbledon preview: Will Federer make it eight, and can Konta fly the flag for Britain?

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Famous for its strawberries and all-white dress code, Wimbledon is set to get underway next week with thousands flocking to SW19 to watch one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.

The green grass of Centre Court will see Andy Murray looking to retain his Wimbledon title following success last year. However, the Brit will have a tough battle on his hands after being demolished by world number 90 Jordan Thompson in straight sets in the first round of...

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30th June 2017

Hope Powell: ‘You must educate and evolve to survive as a coach’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

The importance of education for aspiring sports coaches isn’t lost on former England Women’s manager Hope Powell.

Powell, who also led Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, said: “I think formal education in terms of coaching is really important. It skills you in the knowledge of the game and it keeps you abreast of current affairs in football.”

Speaking exclusively to UCFB, she added: “The game changes all the time and part of the education process helps you adapt...

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28th June 2017

Student profile: Simon Li, MSc International Sport Management

UCFB’s postgraduate programmes have been designed to delve further into the world of senior management across a number of aspects of the sports industry.

The unique business model of sport – investors, athletes, fans – has increasingly meant more and more money is spent in a plethora of different areas of the industry around the world. So understanding this model and how it’s managed has become increasingly relevant in 21st century sport.

A deep understanding of international sport is something Simon had...

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28th June 2017

Sport, music and nightlife: Why Manchester is the ultimate city for students to live and learn in

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Manchester is one of the country’s most popular student cities, with a whole host of fun things to do right on your doorstep.

The city is full of culture and diversity, and whether you’re interested in art, music, football or just want to do a bit of shopping, your desires are catered for.

As a student, Manchester Central Library is fantastic – consisting of several floors, thousands of books and over 100 computers.

Of course a big part of being a...

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26th June 2017

Gareth Southgate on not working 9-5 and learning from rugby’s Eddie Jones

By Riegan Thompson

England manager Gareth Southgate has a clear message for UCFB students working towards a career in the football and sports industry – be prepared to work hard.

“You’re not in an industry that is 9-5, Monday to Friday,” he said. “So you’re going to have to be in for long unsociable hours.”

Southgate was speaking to UCFB Wembley students as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series. In a wide ranging talk covering his playing and coaching career, the former...

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23rd June 2017

Darts fanatic Mackenzie making waves at the oche

By Joel Downings

UCFB student Mackenzie Cadman is making a name for himself in the world of darts as a correspondent for popular YouTube channel Tungsten Tales.

As part of his work with Tungsten Tales Mackenzie has covered many of the UK’s major tournaments, including the 2017 Premier League Darts Final, presenting alongside ex-pros. Attending these tournaments has seen the UCFB Wembley student rubbing shoulders with the very best the sport has to offer.

Mackenzie, a BA (Hons) International Football Business student, said:...

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21st June 2017

Matt enjoying life at UCFB thanks to unique scholarship

Choosing to come back to education and entering the classroom as one of the more senior members of the student body can be a daunting prospect.

But with the sport industry now evolving the way it is, there’s always a benefit to employers to hire individuals with both life experience and a solid educational background.

Matt Barber is just one of a number of mature students excelling at UCFB. The BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance student has enjoyed every moment of...

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20th June 2017

Student profile: Jessica Morgan, NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

By-lines in one of the UK’s most read newspapers, covering a fascinating general election and interviewing some of the most influential sport stars in the country – the beginning of Jessica’s journalism career has been quite a ride.

A keen writer from a young age, Jessica started a blog before deciding it was something she was determined to turn into a career. She joined the programme at UCFB through the Media Diversity Bursary Scheme, which is aimed at opening up opportunities...

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