UCFB Wembley Pitch Day

UCFB Wembley students, staff and alumni were granted a once in a lifetime opportunity to play on the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium.

It is the dream of every football fan around the world and yesterday it was realised by over 100 UCFB Wembley students who played a series of matches on the world-famous Wembley pitch. The first ever UCFB Wembley Pitch Day allowed students, staff and alumni to take to field in the iconic stadium that has hosted Champions League...

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England v Germany Women

A record sell-out crowd of 55,000 fans watched history happen as England took on Germany in a Women’s International Friendly at Wembley Stadium.

It was the first women’s international match at the new Wembley Stadium since the home of football reopened in 2007, and it was marked by a key event at UCFB. In partnership with She Kicks, UCFB Wembley hosted an event to celebrate the role of women within the football business and sports industries. Guests included representatives from various FA...

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Congratulations Mike Phelan

Congratulations to Mike Phelan, new First Team Coach at Norwich City.

We are delighted to congratulate Mike Phelan, member of the UCFB Advisory Board on his new role as First Team Coach at Norwich City. Former Manchester United Assistant Manager has a strong connection with Norwich City, making 194 appearances in four years as a player and working closely with Gary Megson at the club during the 1995-96 season.  Mike has gained decades of experience both on and off the pitch,...

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Congratulations Daniel Geey

UCFB guest speaker Daniel Geey was this week ranked as one of the ‘Associates to Watch’ in the ‘UK-wide Sport’ section of the 2015 Chambers & Partners guide to the world’s best lawyers.

Chambers & Partners named Daniel Geey as one of eight lawyers to receive this accolade in their latest annual report. In their 2015 guide they noted:

Daniel Geey of Fieldfisher is well regarded by peers and clients alike for his experience in football-related matters, and especially in connection to...

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Q&A with Ryan McKnight

By Amy Cutler

Former Stockport County Chief Executive Ryan McKnight gave an insightful lecture to UCFB Burnley students as part of our Executive Speaker Series.

At 30, Ryan McKnight was the youngest male chief executive in English football when he joined Stockport County Football Club, successfully manoeuvring them through a ‘very sticky financial period’. He has since left this ‘very privileged role’ to provide expertise to a number of football clubs and is now advising at Port Vale Football Club. McKnight...

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Rachel Yankey signs for UCFB Wembley

Arsenal and England player Rachel Yankey has been confirmed as UCFB Wembley Ladies Football Team Head Coach.

Considered one of the England national side’s all-time greats, Rachel Yankey won her 100th cap three years ago and scored against Japan at the World Cup. Awarded an MBE in 2005, Rachel is pacy, versatile and tricky, and she featured in all of Team GB’s matches at the Olympics. Rachel has also had a successful career at Arsenal FC spanning over 8 seasons of...

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Jamie Carragher guest lecture

Liverpool FC legend and Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher gave a guest lecture to UCFB Burnley students this week.

Jamie is considered to be one of Liverpool FC’s greatest ever players; he made 737 appearances for the Merseyside club and played a crucial role in the famous Champions League winning side in Istanbul in 2005.

After a sparkling career on the field, the Kop icon made a seamless transition into the media world as a pundit with Sky Sports, so when UCFB...

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Brad’s Placement at Bury F.C.

I have just started my third year studying Football Business and Media at the Burnley campus. I was the Chief Youth Website Developer, working in the Media Department of Bury FC from June until September. I was based in the Press Office, working alongside the Press Officer.


Day-to-Day I worked beneath the club director, developing the club’s Youth/Academy Website; this included putting my own ideas onto the website, which also involved working with the commercial department to implement sponsorship for players.


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Craig’s Work Experience at Saracens Rugby Club & the SPFL

During the summer I managed to gain some work experience with Rugby Union side Saracens in their Finance department. At Saracens’ new stadium, Allianz Park I met the finance director Mitesh Velani.

The first morning was spent meeting the rest of the finance team as well as people from all of the other departments. It is a very relaxed and friendly environment in the office with everyone making me feel welcome. A tour of the stadium and visit to the club store...

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James’ Internship at Aon

After my first year as a Football Business and Finance Degree student at UCFB and a successful initial placement at Aon, I was given the opportunity to return to the organisation for an internship this summer.

Having almost finished my month of work experience here, my role as a Placement Broker within the Sports, Recreation and Entertainment department has given me a huge insight into the insurance market.


As soon as I arrived I was immediately given a lot of responsibility and...

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