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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Celebrations as the UCFB Class of 2018 graduate in style

The UCFB Class of 2018 celebrated their graduation in style with a memorable ceremony at both UCFB campuses.

Dressed in their robes, the new graduates from UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus collected their degree certificates in front of their classmates, families and teaching staff at Wembley and Etihad stadiums respectively.

This year’s graduation ceremonies marked the only the second set of cohort to graduate from each campus, with students enjoying their celebratory photographs in each stadium’s iconic bowls. Over 90% of...

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Riccardo hears from Brazil legend Ronaldo at World Football Summit in Madrid

UCFB student Riccardo Polacco recently attended the World Football Summit in Madrid to hear from some of the leading names in the global football industry. Here, the BA (Hons) International Football Business student tells us about the experience, his highlights from the event and how the knowledge gained will help him going forward with his career in the football industry…

Over 90 speakers, 160 clubs, 100 journalists and 2,000 delegates from all four corners of the globe recently gathered in Madrid to talk,...

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Mike Phelan delivers masterclass to UCFB coaching students

By David Horrocks,  MSc Football Coaching & Analysis programme leader at UCFB Etihad Campus

Sensible Soccer chairman and Central Coast Mariners sporting director Mike Phelan this week delivered a higher education masterclass to third year coaching students at UCFB Etihad Campus.

The day opened up with a discussion on the elite performance culture and environment with a Q&A focused on Phelan’s Manchester United years, including Sir Alex Ferguson’s working practice and the handling of elite players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and...

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FIFA 19: First Impressions with students Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley

With the highly anticipated FIFA 19 demo hitting consoles last week, we sat down with UCFB Etihad Campus students and eSports Awards finalists Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley, who recently tested the full game in Berlin, to get their first impressions of the new game.

The FIFA franchise is an unrivalled behemoth amongst sports video games and with every new version comes a frenzy of gamers flocking to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network to check out new features and take on...

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Jessica spends a week with She Kicks as part of scholarship award

UCFB Etihad Campus student Jessica Ostle was awarded the She Kicks Scholarship when she began her BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance programme. As part of the scholarship, Jessica was able to spend time at the offices of one of the UK’s leading magazines dedicated to women’s football. Here, she explains what she got up to and her plans for the future…

This internship has given me an insight into the women’s game as well as how the football business is...

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Students getting ready for UCFB Freshers’ Week 2018

Freshers’ Week 2018 kicks off this weekend and UCFB will be welcoming all new students to its Wembley and Etihad campuses.

A Quiz & Comedy Night gets things under way in Manchester on Saturday 8 September, and a Welcome Night of activities will introduce students to UCFB Wembley in London.

Monday night at each campus will see students get the chance to experience the local nightlife, with FAC251 – the sight of Factory Records – and XOYO supplying the tunes in Manchester...

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Clearing 2018: The final step

This blog first appeared on UCFB’s UniBuddy platform, a noticeboard where current students can pass on advice about life at UCFB. Click here to read more.

By Alex Harrison, BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management student

You’re now approaching the final step of your rollercoaster A-Level journey, and with it being just over a month until university starts these next few weeks will be very exciting, nervous and challenging. This final step I’m talking about, of course, is results day! Being...

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