UCFB News

Brad and Bentley heading to Brunei for roles at National FA

Located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, Brunei has a longstanding football heritage with the national team joining FIFA in 1969. The country boasts two exciting professional leagues with the Brunei Super League and the Brunei Premier League being enjoyed by fans. We spoke to Brad Smith and Bentley Rounding, both BA (Hons) International Football Business students at UCFB Wembley, who are both heading out to Brunei in January for work placements with the National Football Association…

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UCFB Etihad Campus match report round-up

A round-up of BUCS match reports from the men’s teams at UCFB Etihad Campus on Wednesday 28th November.

Manchester Metropolitan University 1st 1-2 UCFB 1st

A Will Ozono brace helped UCFB claim back-to-back victories in a hard-fought victory away at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), as they move up to third in the league table.

Despite a quiet opening to the match as both teams battled for full control of possession, UCFB managed to find a breakthrough on the 17-minute mark through Will...

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Niall Quinn tells students: ‘Technology allows pundits to give audience a learning experience’

By Max Carlyle

As a player, manager and chairman, to call Niall Quinn a seasoned veteran of the game would be an understatement. Between the start of his playing days at Arsenal in 1983 to his current role as a co-commentator and pundit at Sky, among many others, the former Republic of Ireland international has observed a shift in the landscape of how football is consumed by its audience.

During a talk with students at UCFB Wembley, Quinn had a lot to...

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Sam learns from Formula 1 experts at season finale in Abu Dhabi

The 2018 Formula 1 season had its finale on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, with Lewis Hamilton claiming his 11th victory of the season and wrapping up a comfortable fifth world title. Looking back on a memorable season, we spoke to Sam Dickov, a BA (Hons) International Football Business student at UCFB Etihad Campus, who was at the Grand Prix working on the trophy tour event.

Tell us about the Abu Dhabi GP. How was it?

The whole race weekend was such...

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UCFB alumni come out on top at Independent Higher Education Awards

UCFB was delighted to be recognised at the recent Independent Higher Education Awards in London.

On top of winning the Inspiring Alumni award, which recognised the work of graduate Alexander Brown, UCFB was also nominated in the Exporting Education category following the recently announced partnership with Africa 10.

The event celebrated innovation and best practice across the independent higher education sector, and also featured a talk from former Labour schools minister Lord Adonis.

Alexander is an inspiring alumnus, and a shining example of...

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Student profile: Maria Fernandes, MSc Football Coaching & Analysis

What were the reasons for you choosing UCFB to study your MSc Football Coaching & Analysis degree?

I chose to study my Masters at UCFB because of the employability and enrichment opportunities they provide to support my development, alongside the academic aspect of UCFB life.

How are you finding the programme, and what aspects of it are you particularly keen on?

I am really enjoying the programme, the lecturers are really knowledgeable and I get on well with all the students on my...

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Alumni profile: Jemma Entwistle, Girls’ Regional Talent Club Coach at Blackburn Rovers

During her time as a BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching student at UCFB, Jemma undertook a number of coaching work placements to bolster her CV and knowledge ahead of graduating and following her goal of being full-time coach.

Her time with the Manchester United Foundation, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and the Rochdale AFC foundation academy set Jemma up perfectly for her role now with Blackburn Rovers, and provided invaluable experience as she set up her own company – The Coaching...

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Alumni profile: Ben Friend, Event Manager at The Football Association

Wembley Stadium is a busy place these days, just ask UCFB graduate Ben Friend. If it isn’t England internationals, it’s FA Cup matches. Then there’s the numerous games around the country with the Women’s team and the Under-21 side.

Since graduating from his BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing programme in 2015, Ben has been a valuable asset to The FA, first as an Event Coordinator, and now as an Event Manager. His role and his team sit within the operations...

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Harry Redknapp tells UCFB students: ‘Don’t be afraid’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp gave students an inside look into the world of elite football management during his recent guest speaker talk at UCFB Wembley.

Redknapp is one of the most established and well respected managers in the English game, having also managed clubs including West Ham United, Portsmouth, QPR and Birmingham City.

Having experienced the Champions League, Premier League and Championship as a manager, and coached players including Gareth Bale and Paolo Di Canio, Redknapp is well...

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UCFB students select their Students’ Union Executive Committee

UCFB is delighted to announce the 2018/19 Students’ Union Executive Committee for each of its iconic campuses.

Following a vote among students at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus, the following students have been elected to their respective roles:

UCFB Wembley

Brandon Morgan – President Jordan Clements – Education Officer Grace Walker – Activities Officer Ollie Morris – Inclusion Officer Sam Draper – Athletic Union Officer

UCFB Etihad Campus

Matthew Gherardi – President Anca-Maria Gherghel – Vice President Leo Healy – Education Officer Eleanor Harris – Activities Officer Nathan Reed – Inclusion Officer

The...

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