In Focus: The numbers add up for the future of women’s football

“The women’s game is a top priority for FIFA,” echoed Secretary General Fatma Samoura in 2018 as the governing body launched its first-ever global strategy for the women’s game.

Ahead of this year’s World Cup and following the success of 2015 edition, through its Women’s Football Strategy, FIFA announced that it wanted to double female participation to 60 million and ensure every FIFA member association had at least one female member on its committee by 2026.

A global audience of over 750...

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UCFB academic Gerald helps shape parliamentary report on physical education

A leading UCFB academic played his part in the recent publication of a parliamentary report demanding that a government fund be relaunched to enable primary school children to get better provision for Physical Education.

The report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood states that children being educated in a ‘physical sense’ is as ‘important and life-enhancing as being able to read or do maths.’

The report comes on the back of Dr. Gerald Griggs, UCFB Etihad Campus’s...

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UCFB students helping FC United of Manchester work towards bright future

By Rebecca Hawksworth

UCFB’s partnership with The National League has enabled a number of students to gain valuable work experience in a wide range of sectors at football clubs across the country.

One of the clubs to benefit from the partnership is FC United of Manchester, with several UCFB Etihad Campus students making the trip to east Manchester to work in various departments at the club.

FC United are a unique club in English football due to the fact that they are completely...

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Amy putting analysis degree to work at Championship side Norwich City

Masters student Amy Lomas has been working with Championship side Norwich City this season as a Performance Analyst. We caught up with Amy, who studies MSc Football Coaching & Analysis at UCFB Etihad Campus, to chat about the role, how it works and how it will benefit her future career…

How did the job with Norwich come about, and what does the role entail?

I came across the advert for the position online, so I emailed across my CV and some background...

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Modern Love and The Manchester United Way

Sensible Soccer director Dave Horrocks gave us some insight into what may be going on at Manchester United following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and what the current coaching quartet may bring to the table in this startling turnaround. On Solskjaer’s team at United is UCFB’s Mike Phelan, who Horrocks has worked with on a number of occasion, as well as up and coming United coach Kieran McKenna…

Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appear more of a revelation as time...

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Hannah looks back on highlights from memorable Qatar trip

A recent UCFB trip to Doha saw a group of students visit some of the key venues and stadiums that will host the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Hannah Smith, BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing student at UCFB Wembley, was among the visiting party that toured the Khalifa International stadium (main image) and the ultra-modern Aspire Academy, meeting the England Women’s football team and manager Phil Neville in the process. We spoke to Hannah about her highlights from the pioneering...

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Ellie and Pedro look forward to first UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO finals

The first UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO final tournament kicks off in Porto on Friday with Russia, Spain, Ukraine and hosts Portugal battling it out for the trophy. We spoke with UCFB Regional Recruitment Manager Ellie Lewis, and International Recruitment Officer Pedro Bernardini, about the growth of the sport, the benefits of playing for footballers and the potential career opportunities now available…

Tell us how you got into futsal? How did you start playing?

Pedro Bernardini: My parents are Brazilians and I moved...

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Students hear from Jermaine Jenas and Sue Smith at UCFB Future Leaders in Football and Sport Conference

UCFB students heard from BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas and went head-to-head in a special Questions of Sport quiz session as part of the UCFB Future Leaders in Football and Sport Conference at St George’s Park on Thursday.

Hosted by the BBC’s Mark Clemmit, the day-long event at English football’s HQ also saw students hear from England legend Sue Smith, and former football league managers Peter Reid and Martin Allen, about their careers and invaluable advice for aspiring sports industry professionals.

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Peter Reid and Martin Allen join line up for UCFB Future Leaders in Football and Sport Conference

UCFB is delighted to announce that former football league managers Peter Reid and Martin Allen will be speaking at the UCFB Future Leaders in Football and Sport Conference at St George’s Park this week.

Reid, who has previously played for England and managed Sunderland, and Allen, whose previous clubs include Leicester City and Notts County, will captain two teams of students in a special Questions of Sport game show session.

The pair join former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas, and England legend Sue Smith,...

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FC United of Manchester U21s thrash Stockport Town

FC United of Manchester U21s hammered Stockport Town 8-1 to continue their dominance at the top of the North West U21 Development League.

FC United, UCFB’s Undergraduate Academy Manchester side, quickly established their style of play on the opposition taking an early 2-0 lead following close range finishes from Will Ozono and Yannick de Gael.

As the game settled down, Henry Limpitshi further increased the lead with a near post finish, before the home side began to dominate the game with some excellent football...

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