28th April 2017

Southgate: Football should embrace sport specific psychology

England manager Gareth Southgate has called on football to embrace the use of psychologists in the same way as other major sports.

In an exclusive interview with UCFB, Southgate said individual sports especially had defined the role of psychology in their game in a way that football still hasn’t, and that having the right mentality at the highest level makes the ultimate difference to performance.

The Three Lions boss said: “I’ve used and worked with sport psychologists as a player and as...

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27th April 2017

Female students get a taste of a career in sport media thanks to UCFB and Sky Sports

One hundred school girls went behind the scenes at Wembley Stadium as part of a unique event to promote the role women play in sport media.

The Women in Sport Media day, hosted by UCFB Wembley and Sky Sports, aimed to show off the number of job roles available within sport media and how women in those positions are influencing the way the industry is moving forward.

On the day, the teenage participants were able to try their hand at a number...

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26th April 2017

UCFB and Premier Sports Network agree exciting partnership for students

UCFB is delighted to announce a partnership with Premier Sports Network, the events and intelligence provider for an invite-only community of leading sport executives.

The partnership will see UCFB students join the Premier Sports Network delivery team at events across 2017, where they will be able to experience the mechanics of putting on a B2B sport event, given the chance to learn from industry experts and offered the opportunity to meet major rights-holders, governing bodies and suppliers.

Premier Sports Network Player Care...

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24th April 2017

UCFB student Wesley working hard to ensure best chance of success in his football career

Just months away from his graduation, Wesley McGrath is ensuring his CV is as active and broad as possible ahead of finding his first full-time job in the football industry.

The BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching student is about to undertake a work placement with Little Sports Coaching as coach for an under 13 side, to go alongside his work with football4football.com on their equipment team.

As if all that wasn’t keeping Wesley busy enough on top of his degree studies,...

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21st April 2017

UCFB and Sky Sports team up to offer 100 female school pupils a taste of a career in sport media

UCFB and Sky Sports have teamed up to offer an exciting hands-on insight to young females pursuing a career in sport media.

The Women in Sport Media event, set to take place on April 26th at UCFB Wembley, will see 100 local school pupils visit the campus to hear from and experience the industry from a number of high-profile female sport media professionals.

The pupils will learn more about the specific roles available in the sport media industry through skills sessions such...

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20th April 2017

In Focus: Locating Physical Education – Dr. Gerald Griggs

In the latest in our UCFB In Focus series, Dr. Gerald Griggs, head of academics at UCFB Etihad Campus, lays out the purpose of Physical Education in the curriculum and reveals how it has developed since the beginning of the 20th century.

Gerald has worked in education for over twenty years and brings a wealth of higher education experience to UCFB. He is a globally recognised figure in the field of primary physical education and to date has published four...

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18th April 2017

The Director of Football – not such a joke?

Asked what he thought about the role of a director of football when he was QPR boss, Harry Redknapp famously said: “It’s a joke, really, that you are expected to work with someone else’s players.”

Largely unfancied in English football but now increasingly common, the role is a vital component in player recruitment, which spans from unearthing youth with an eye on the future, to finding players ready for the first team.

It’s not just managers that have regular dealings with a...

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14th April 2017

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pies taking on the nation’s football grounds… one pie at a time

Having a pie at the football is a tradition only rivalled by drinking Bovril and shouting at the referee.

Whether it’s meat and potato or chicken balti, everyone has a favourite half time snack. With this in mind, four UCFB Etihad Campus students have got together to seek out the best pie in the game.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pies – Anya Wood, Charlie Bamford, Jessica Mitchell and Katie Mullen – set up a blog at the beginning of their time...

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12th April 2017

Masters student Simon takes part in exciting ‘hackathon’ for Premier League side Manchester City

UCFB student Simon Li enjoyed the enviable experience of joining 60 digital experts from around the world to take part in a ‘hackathon’ at a leading Premier League club.

Simon, who’s studying MSc International Sport Management at UCFB Wembley, took part in the three-day event on behalf of Manchester City. The aim of the hackathon – HackManCity – was to help the club decipher its digital data to find out more about its fan base. It’s hoped that by doing this...

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10th April 2017

UCFB – In Focus: Football must be careful of overusing technology

Dr. Brian Barwick, RFL chairman and member of UCFB’s Employability & Enhancement Panel

For many years I was an advocate of goal-line technology and it was a battle that was difficult to win. I wanted to see it in the game because it deals with actualities – the ball is either over the line or it isn’t. There’s nothing subjective about it. It’s fact.

I used to go to a lot of FIFA congresses and I’d be called the television man...

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