UCFB News

A Mid-Season Update on UCFB’s Footballing Prowess

Sport is an important aspect of a varied and enthralling life at UCFB, and as such the football teams are highly competitive in their regional BUCS championships.

As the teams at both campuses gear up to begin the second halves of their seasons after a continental winter break, the latest standings provide highly promising reading across the board:

UCFB Wembley

Women’s 1st Team – 2nd (on goal difference) in their division Men’s 1st Team – 1st in their division and are in and in...

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High-flying graduates update us on working for top youth organisation in the USA, MSSL

Four of our fantastic graduates who have successfully been appointed by leading youth football tournament organisation in the United States, MSSL; recently shared their exciting experiences with UCFB. These four successful graduates span the organisation within the finance, media, and facilities teams following on from their different degree programmes at UCFB, ensuring our graduates truly leave their mark on this exhilarating business at the heart of the USA’s growing football industry.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance graduate, Harry Tomlinson has...

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UCFB Alumni earn their first Wembley Stadium cap at the annual Pitch Day

On Wednesday 19th November, UCFB Alumni were invited to take up the once in a lifetime chance to play on the iconic Wembley Stadium pitch against the UCFB Wembley staff team.

Graduates were so excited about the opportunity that some woke up before the crack of dawn at 3am to make the journey from Manchester, baby in tow! A total of 7 hours later, our graduates were reunited and led to the England Football Team away changing rooms where they picked...

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UCFB students thrive at the International Management Games in the Netherlands

Last week, a select group of high-achieving UCFB Burnley and Wembley students took the Netherlands by storm at the prestigious International Management Games in Groningen, with UCFB students contributing to first, second and third place in the team event against more than 400 fellow undergraduates from across Europe.

The International Management Games is a form of simulation activity that places students in different sport and event management scenarios and challenges. Over the course of the week, teams were randomly formed in...

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Alumni profile: Natalie Gradwell – Data Analyst at Fleetwood Town FC

Since finishing her studies in Football Business & Finance, UCFB alumnus Natalie Gradwell has successfully been appointed by League One football club Fleetwood Town FC to the dynamic, pivotal role of Data Analyst. We spoke to Natalie about her experience and the excitement of working within the sport industry.

Q: Tell us about how you were offered this fantastic role?

In my final year at UCFB I approached my local football club, Fleetwood Town, who offered me two days a week of...

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UCFB Wembley Pitch Day a Resounding Success as Students, Alumni and Staff Took to the Hallowed Turf

Thursday 19th November 2015 is a date that will stick in the heads of UCFB Wembley staff, students and alumni who 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 it was realised by over 160 players at UCFB Wembley who enjoyed a series of matches at the world famous stadium that has hosted Champions League Finals, FA Cup Finals and...

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UCFB Wembley students given opportunity to play on iconic Wembley pitch

UCFB is delighted to reveal that Wembley campus students, staff and UCFB alumni will be granted an opportunity that very few professional footballers enjoy in their careers, the chance to play on the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium on Thursday 19th November.

The stadium that has hosted Champions League Finals, FA Cup Finals and England Internationals will now be the venue for a series of UCFB matches over the course of 90 minutes, from 9.30am.

Students will enjoy the unique chance to...

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UCFB student, Matt Penson secures unique work experience at Barnsley Football Club

By Amy Cutler

This summer, BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing student, Matt Penson, secured himself a fantastic position working within the Marketing Department at Barnsley FC. Throughout his placement at the League One football club, Matt had fantastic opportunities to spend time in other departments enabling him to gain a varied insight into the workings of a club and also gain valuable skills that will be instrumental in his final year as a student at UCFB and in his professional...

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UCFB Rounders Team win special award in their inaugural season

By Amy Cutler

This summer saw the formation of a UCFB Staff and Student Ladies’ Rounders Team, coached by former England and Everton Goalkeeper and UCFB Ambassador, Rachel Brown-Finnis, as part of the Health & Wellbeing initiative at UCFB Burnley.

The formation of the UCFB Rounders team was a fantastic success in many ways, enabling players to get fit, make friends, strengthen relationships across departments and experience what it felt like to be part of a leading sports organisation. The Rounders...

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Harry Redknapp plays alongside UCFB Heads of School at the Football Writers’ Association Golf Day

Image: Harry Redknapp, Neil Silver, Paul Tyrrell and Dr Nick Wilde

By Ray Boggiano

Former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham manager Harry Redknapp joined UCFB Heads of School Neil Silver and Dr Nick Wilde, and former Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City Director of Communications Paul Tyrrell, in representing UCFB at the prestigious Football Writers’ Association Golf Day event at Stoke Park this week.

UCFB Head of School of Media & Journalism, Neil Silver, finished 3rd in the individual competition, whilst the four-man UCFB...

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