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UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition winner’s profile – Alfie Crickmar, VT Coach

With the UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition set to return for a fifth consecutive year, we thought we’d highlight some of the previous winners and see how their businesses are getting on.

Alfie Crickmar, who studies BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching at UCFB Wembley, set up the app VT Coach to provide a learning resource for primary school teachers who teach physical education as part of their in the area…

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UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition winner’s profile – Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley

With the UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition set to return for a fifth consecutive year, we thought we’d highlight some of the previous winners and see how their businesses are getting on. First up, 2018 winners Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley…

Brandon and Richard are two ambitious media students at UCFB. They’re also the recognisable voice to millions of FIFA players across the globe. Since winning an EA Sports commentary competition in 2017, the pair have been flying around the world to commentate...

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Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley: the voice of the eSports generation

Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley are two ambitious media students at UCFB. They’re also the recognisable voice to millions of FIFA players across the globe. Since winning an EA Sports commentary competition in 2017, the pair have been flying around the world to commentate to arenas full of avid FIFA fans, including at the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final in 2018. With the eSport only getting bigger and bigger, the self-proclaimed ‘Ant and Dec’ of the scene set their sights...

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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.

Helping to promote the event for his own...

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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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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

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UCFB students take part in memorable WAKTU residential trip to the Lake District

By Joe Moreton, Lecturer in BA (Hons) Physical Education at UCFB Wembley

This Autumn, as part of our Outdoor Education module, UCFB’s Physical Education students along with members of staff from the Wembley and Etihad campuses took part in an unforgettable residential trip to the Lake District.

Arriving in Oxenholme on the train, we met our host Tom from WAKTU in the picturesque setting of the Southern Lakes. WAKTU is an elite training camp used by the likes of Manchester United Football club and...

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Aleem learns from the best at FIFA awards

After spending the summer in Russia rubbing shoulders with the great and good of the game at the FIFA World Cup, UCFB student Aleem Bolkiah continued to build his growing network of football contacts by attending FIFA’s The Best awards in London.

Aleem, BA (Hons) International Football Business student, saw Croatia’s Luka Modric pick up the men’s award and Brazil’s Marta pick up the women’s award, before then spending the evening with some of the biggest names in sport. Here, Aleem tells...

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Higher education: Past mistakes, self-reflection and why I’m confident I’ve made the best life choice to date

By Simon Frankland, BA(Hons) Football Business & Media student at UCFB Wembley

As some of you may be aware I recently left my job to become a mature student. This was not a decision I took lightly but a decision I feel was the correct one.

Becoming a mature student was a very difficult decision. I was a deputy manager for a pub and sadly fell out of love with the job. The unsociable hours, late finishes and a very stressful work...

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UCFB students represent Great Britain at Mini Football U21 World Cup

The Mini Football U21 World Cup wrapped up in Prague earlier this month with ten students from UCFB Etihad Campus representing Great Britain at the tournament.

Taking place from 4-8 October in the capital of the Czech Republic the host nation claimed the trophy with a 2-1 win in the final over Slovakia.

A spirited effort saw GB reach the quarter-finals where they were knocked-out by Senegal with Henry Limpitshi-Bongwanga – Football Business & Finance student at UCFB – scoring for GB...

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