UCFB News

Conor helps promote historic Rainbow Laces game at Wembley Stadium

Stonewall FC, Britain’s most successful LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality) football club, made history in November, when it took to the pitch at Wembley Stadium.

Their game against Middlesex County Football League Division One rivals, Wilberforce Wanderers AFC, became the first non-League seasonal fixture to be played at the national stadium. The game, which Stonewall won 3-1, was part of promotion for the Rainbow Laces campaign, which promotes equality for all in football.

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Alumni profile: Gabriella Ward, Communications and Commercial Partnerships Executive at the League Managers Association

Following her graduation from the BA (Hons) International Football Business programme in 2018, Gabriella Ward landed the role of Communications and Commercial Partnerships Executive at the League Managers Association, one of UCFB’s esteemed partners. Based at St George’s Park, the headquarters of English football, Gabriella works with some of the biggest names in the game to look after the interests of the LMA and its members. Here, she tells us more…

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UCFB netball captain Emily looks back on a memorable year for the England team

England’s gold medal-winning netball team capped an amazing year by securing two awards at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show on Sunday night. After their historic Commonwealth Games win in April, the Roses were named Team of the Year and also won the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year award for their dramatic victory in the final over hosts Australia. We spoke with Emily Dack, BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting student at UCFB, and captain of...

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Alumni profile: David Moat, Commercial & Marketing Executive at Watford FC

Working in the Premier League is a dream for many, but for UCFB graduate David Moat it was a dream come true.

Straight out of his BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing degree programme, David found himself working in the commercial, marketing and corporate sales department at Vicarage Road. Already by working across various departments his mixed role has allowed him to experience the many different aspects that go into running a Premier League club like Watford. David joined Amy O’Connor...

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Alumni profile: Josh Arnold, Sports Coach at Aldro Prep School for Boys

It’s not just in club academies around the country where the talent of tomorrow is nurtured – it’s also on the playgrounds of the nation’s schools.

That’s where BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching graduate Josh is doing his part, at Aldro Preparatory School for Boys in Surrey. As a Sports Coach in the PE department, Josh teaches the youngsters across a range of activities, including football, rugby, hockey and cricket.

Coaching students from years three to eight, Josh uses the skills...

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Alumni profile: Bastian Hildebrand, Marketing Manager at Juventus Academy London

When you work for one of the biggest sporting brands in the world, pressure comes from all angles. As the Marketing Manager for the Juventus Academy London, Bastian Hildebrand ensures the camps gain the right coverage to support the club’s development plan in their bid to unearth the next Paolo Dybala.

The BA (Hons) International Football Business graduate helps to run the Academy’s website and social media channels, showcasing the work the coaches do with youngsters in the capital, all of...

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Student Ilias looks at the impact and growth of eSports

The eSports industry continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. It is estimated that by 2020 it will be worth around US$1.5billion, a third of the size of the NBA and comparable to France’s Ligue 1.

Ilias Pajoheshfar, a BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management student at UCFB Wembley, is an eSports fanatic and advocate of the positive impact it can have on participants. Here, the Next 25 scholar shares his thoughts and experiences of the one of the world’s fastest...

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UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition to return in 2019

UCFB is delighted to announce the return of the popular Dragon’s Den-style UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition, with big cash prizes up for grabs for innovative students.

The competition is led by UCFB Chairman Brendan Flood and provides students with an unprecedented opportunity to compete for vital company investment.

Students from UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus will be asked to pitch their sports business ideas to a UCFB panel and then field any questions they might have. The winning team or individual...

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UCFB Lecturer Mario looks back on a memorable F1 season

A memorable Formula 1 season reached its conclusion in Abu Dhabi a few days ago with a host of talking points gripping the sport. From Lewis Hamilton’s dominance of the circuit, to Max Verstappen’s paddock meltdown in Brazil and the addition of new GPs to the calendar, hot topics abound and already attention is turning to Australia, 17 March. We spoke with Mario Zambas, Lecturer in BA (Hons) Stadium & Event Management at UCFB, who helped launch the inaugural Abu...

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Michael O’Neill: International football and managing the media

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill spoke of the differences between club and international management during a recent Executive Guest Speaker appearance at UCFB Etihad Campus.

O’Neill began his managerial career with Scottish side Brechin City before moving back to Ireland and enjoying a two-year stint with Shamrock Rovers. Having then moved in to international management in 2011, O’Neill spoke to students about some of the key tests he faced when taking charge of Northern Ireland’s national side.

He said: “It...

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