UCFB News

UCFB students take part in memorable WAKTU residential trip to the Lake District

By Joe Moreton, Lecturer in BA (Hons) Physical Education at UCFB Wembley

This Autumn, as part of our Outdoor Education module, UCFB’s Physical Education students along with members of staff from the Wembley and Etihad campuses took part in an unforgettable residential trip to the Lake District.

Arriving in Oxenholme on the train, we met our host Tom from WAKTU in the picturesque setting of the Southern Lakes. WAKTU is an elite training camp used by the likes of Manchester United Football club and...

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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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In Focus: FIFA World Cup Technical Report – A case study of France

By Dominic Haynes, Lecturer in BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching

“Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour” – William Cowper (1785)

It cannot be proved that William Cowper was prophesising about the 2018 FIFA World Cup when he published The Task and Other Poems in 1785, his moralistic poems that preach humility over pride, but the oft-misquoted verse describes the statistics of the 2018 winners France aptly, as extremes of strategy did not prove successful...

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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.

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Aleem learns from the best at FIFA awards

After spending the summer in Russia rubbing shoulders with the great and good of the game at the FIFA World Cup, UCFB student Aleem Bolkiah continued to build his growing network of football contacts by attending FIFA’s The Best awards in London.

Aleem, BA (Hons) International Football Business student, saw Croatia’s Luka Modric pick up the men’s award and Brazil’s Marta pick up the women’s award, before then spending the evening with some of the biggest names in sport. Here, Aleem tells...

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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 reveals ‘Next 25’ students to receive full scholarships as part of Kick It Out partnership

Twenty-five students will be receiving a once in a lifetime opportunity to study a degree with all tuition fee costs covered at UCFB.

Recipients of the ‘Next 25’ fund – launched in partnership with Kick It Out to celebrate their 25th anniversary and worth over £500,000 – will complete degrees at either UCFB Etihad Campus in Manchester or UCFB Wembley in London. The Next 25 fund gives recipients full tuition fee scholarships – worth up to £54,000.

Extraordinary journey

The Next 25 was introduced...

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UCFB football teams impress with clean sweep on Halloween

Four UCFB football teams were in action on Wednesday recording an impressive clean sweep of wins, scoring 19 goals and conceding just one in the process.

UCFB Wembley Women’s First Team 2 – 0 Reading University

An in form Reading University side visited Silver Jubilee Park (pictured above) to face the UCFB Women’s team yesterday.

Reading’s recent performances showed that they are no pushovers and the UCFB Women’s side knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game.

In a close contest, both teams...

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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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