Ellie and Pedro look forward to first UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO finals

The first UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO final tournament kicks off in Porto on Friday with Russia, Spain, Ukraine and hosts Portugal battling it out for the trophy. We spoke with UCFB Regional Recruitment Manager Ellie Lewis, and International Recruitment Officer Pedro Bernardini, about the growth of the sport, the benefits of playing for footballers and the potential career opportunities now available…

Tell us how you got into futsal? How did you start playing?

Pedro Bernardini: My parents are Brazilians and I moved...

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Student profile: Jaimie Nevitt, BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management

Between working with a local football club in Manchester and going to the United States to learn different coaching techniques, Jaimie is setting himself up nicely for a future career in training the next generation of players.

With a deep rooted passion for football and career ambitions of coaching at a professional club, the opportunity to learn more about the intricacies of coaching as well as get the practical experience required thanks to the world-class facilities on offer at UCFB Etihad...

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Student profile: Adam Rowe, BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism

For Adam, studying in a campus that has the famous Wembley Stadium at its heart is all the motivation he needs to one day achieve his long held career goal – to return to the iconic stadium as a professional sports writer and cover a major cup final.

As soon as he found out that he could study his preferred degree programme at UCFB Wembley, Adam’s mind was made up. Already on the course he’s experienced being in the press box...

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Academic Jen presents psychology paper at prestigious sports science conference

UCFB academic and Burnley FC psychologist Jen Lace is celebrating after presenting her first ever research paper at a leading industry conference.

Jen presented her paper, on the demands of a sport psychology practitioner working at a Premier League club, at the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference in Nottingham – BASES 2016.

The conference was a two-day sport and exercise science programme full of world-leading insight and experience, giving Jen and others like her the opportunity to network and...

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Student profile: Thomas Freismuth, BA (Hons) International Football Business

Even before beginning their journey at UCFB, students are told of the importance of gaining a variety of work experience roles during their time at the institution.

Not only does it give each student the vital knowhow on different aspects of the football and sport industry, but it also allows students the chance to network, impress and make key contacts which one day could end in full time employment in their chosen career.

Austrian student Thomas is doing just that and has...

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Student profile: Kieran Phillips, BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology

Sport science and, in particular, sport psychology are playing a bigger and more important role than ever in the professional environment.

Its importance hasn’t been lost on Kieran, who along with a number of other BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology students at UCFB, has set up the Psychological Society. Its aim is to bring all psychology students, and those with a passion for psychology, together to help each other further develop their knowledge of the expanding field as well as provide opportunities...

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Student profile: Saoirse Ni Machail, BA (Hons) Physical Education

A passion for sport and education is setting up champion Irish dancer and UCFB student Saoirse for a stellar career teaching PE at secondary school level.

On top of her studies at UCFB Wembley, Saoirse is already showing the leadership skills required to front a classroom by teaching Irish dancing to youngsters at a number of London schools.

Her commitment to dance is clear to see. To maintain the fitness levels required for such an activity, she spends over 24 hours training...

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Student profile: Oliwia Neunert, BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law

When it came to choosing where to go into higher education, Polish student Oliwia had three criteria: to work internationally, be involved in sport, and ultimately venture into a career that carries out a social purpose. UCFB and the BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law programme were the perfect fit.

Since starting at UCFB Wembley in 2014, Oliwia has taken advantage of the many opportunities given to students at the institution, and has taken on board the advice to get...

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Should professional sports be allowed in the Olympics?

What constitutes an Olympic sport? It’s a question that comes up every four years as the summer Games roll into view.

This summer in Rio sees the reintroduction of golf for the first time in 112 years. Whilst at first the world’s best players heralded a “fifth major” being added to the tour calendar, in the past few weeks the world’s top four players – Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy – have all pulled out citing concerns...

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UCFB’s George Stockton leads funding drive for Great Britain Deaf Football

UCFB’s very own George Stockton is currently leading the funding drive to secure a bright future for Great Britain Deaf Football in his role as a Voluntary Fundraising Officer. Working alongside fellow Great Britain Deaf Football members including players from the men’s, women’s, under 21’s and veterans’ teams, George is finding ways to raise the funds for all teams to train and participate in international competition such as the European Championships, World Cup and Deaflympics.

Former Manchester United and current Fulham...

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