UCFB News

Brighton manager Chris Hughton on team culture and keeping staff on board

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Having previously managed at clubs such as Newcastle United and Birmingham City, and now in charge at Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, Chris Hughton knows exactly what it takes to get the best out of a team.

In an exclusive interview with UCFB, as part of the LMA Insight Series, Hughton told us how to keep a squad and backroom staff happy and how to maintain strong working relationships for the benefit of a club.

Hughton, who spent...

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In Focus: Is there a glass ceiling for women in sport?

Governing bodies across the sports industry are now taking more action than ever before to drive inclusivity and equality, and the role of women in sport at all levels, on the pitch and behind the scenes, has never been more sharply in focus. FIFA recently grabbed the headlines by announcing their goal to double female participation in football around the world to 60 million by 2026, and ensure all member associations have at least one female on their board. Prize...

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Grace on media duty at National League side Maidenhead United

Thanks to UCFB’s unique partnership with The National League students are given the chance to gain vital work experience with clubs across the three leagues in their various departments. One of those students is Grace Scott, a BA (Hons) Football Business & Media student at UCFB Wembley, who has been working as the Digital Media Editor at Maidenhead United. Here, Grace tells us about her time at the club so far…

During pre-season I gained the role as Digital Media Editor...

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Hull City boss Nigel Adkins: ‘Be a student to the game and be passionate about what you do’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins imparted several pieces of important advice to UCFB students hoping to forge a career within football management during a recent Executive Guest Speaker session.

Having also previously been in the dugout at Scunthorpe United, Southampton, Reading and Sheffield United, Adkins is well placed within the game and knows first-hand what it takes for an individual to become a successful coach or manager.

UCFB offers several coaching and management related programmes across both of its campuses,...

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Reading’s Kelly Chambers talks psychology, team ethics and building trust

By Max Carlyle

Reading FC Women’s manager Kelly Chambers has lauded recent developments in sports psychology as hugely beneficial for how mental health is perceived in football.

Speaking exclusively to UCFB, she revealed how psychological help for players and staff is the next logical step for the club as it battles for supremacy in the Women’s Super League. Chambers said: “I believe that it will be very useful for us to progress to that next level; for us as a club it’s...

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Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley: the voice of the eSports generation

Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley are two ambitious media students at UCFB. They’re also the recognisable voice to millions of FIFA players across the globe. Since winning an EA Sports commentary competition in 2017, the pair have been flying around the world to commentate to arenas full of avid FIFA fans, including at the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final in 2018. With the eSport only getting bigger and bigger, the self-proclaimed ‘Ant and Dec’ of the scene set their sights...

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The next edition of Future Sport magazine now available

UCFB is delighted to present the next edition of Future Sport – a magazine packed full of highlights of UCFB graduates in the workplace and exclusive interviews with the biggest names in sport.

The issue is led by Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton, who speaks passionately about black and minority ethnic coaches breaking barriers in the game. BBC Sport’s Gabby Logan and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez also feature.

UCFB graduates feature heavily throughout the issue, showcasing their skills and talent...

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UCAS deadline – Your top tips to avoid a last minute panic

Tuesday 15th January is the UCAS deadline and believe it or not this is almost upon us, so we’d like to share some top tips to help make it as stress-free as possible. Your entire application, including a reference, must be sent to UCAS by 6pm to be classified as on time so it is best to be prepared early in order to avoid a last minute panic.

To apply on time and be in with the best chance of being accepted...

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A day at the races for UCFB Programme Leader Paul Brewster

For former Barbadian jockey Paul Brewster, a trip to Windsor racecourse earlier this year was a day of real nostalgia. Attending as part of a UCFB delegation, Paul accompanied a group of students who were being introduced to the world of racing and its many career opportunities through an Explore Racing Day, organised by Careers in Racing.

By Paul Brewster, BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance Programme Leader at UCFB

I first came in to contact with horses at the age of...

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UCFB announce partnership with League Two side Macclesfield Town

UCFB is delighted to announce a new partnership with Macclesfield Town that will see students help run two new academies for the club.

Students will have the opportunity to experience the demands of working in a professional football academy by working alongside departments including the coaching and media teams.

The academies, which are being run in Macclesfield and Manchester, will help the Silkmen increase their reach in the search for new young talent, as well as provide UCFB students with the chance...

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