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Pitch perfect job for Shanna at Crystal Palace

For nine months of the year pitches at elite football stadiums are given daily love and attention to allow for perfect playing conditions.

Then come May they’re ripped up and re-laid in time for another long, hard season. Before that though, it’s the perfect opportunity for clubs to hire out the turf for events like fan matches and five-a-side tournaments.

UCFB Wembley student Shanna Ellis spent time with Premier League side Crystal Palace towards the end of the 2017/18 season, after they...

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Riccardo has eyes on the future in his scouting role with Southampton FC

UCFB student Riccardo Polacco has spent the last 18 months scouting the youth of London for Premier League side Southampton. Here, the BA (Hons) International Football Business student tells us how he got the role, what he’s learnt and how he’s used the opportunity to continue networking in the football industry…

I started the job during my first year at UCFB after then third year student Samuel Cardenas announced he was going to be leaving the UK after he graduated to...

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Boro’ Working Closely with National League Partners UCFB

Photograph by Simon Kimber

Nuneaton Borough have begun working with National League partners, University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) in providing work placement opportunities. Students based at both UCFB campuses, in London and Manchester, are encouraged to apply practical and theoretical skills learned in class and build up contacts and connections within the industry through work experience.

The partnership between UCFB and the National League has provided unique work placements and employability opportunities for students across the country. Sam...

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Student Alex relishing role with The FA Youth Council

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Since his time at UCFB began two years ago, BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance student Alex Claydon has been continuing to work for the FA Youth Council to help develop youth leadership programmes across various counties.

Alex had already completed some work for the Essex FA before his move up to Manchester in 2016, where he transferred over to work for the Manchester FA.

Alex explained some of roles that he carries out for The FA. He said: “When...

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Jonathan helping National League side Weston-super-Mare AFC connect with fans

UCFB Wembley student Jonathan Gilder has spent the summer so far working with National League South side Weston-super-Mare AFC. Working remotely as a data analyst, his work over the coming weeks and months will give the club a greater understanding of what its fans want to read and hear about. Here, the BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing student tells us what he’s been up to…

During my summer placement at Weston-super-Mare AFC I have been working as a data analyst,...

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Djokovic just part of the job for media student Rebecca at Queen’s Club

UCFB Etihad Campus student Rebecca Hawksworth recently undertook the great opportunity to work at the Fever Tree Championships at Queen’s Club, the warm-up tennis event ahead of Wimbledon.

The BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism student worked as a tennis media liaison officer. Here, she tells us how she got the job and how she found her experience working in a different sport away from football…

I’ve not only grown up as a football fan, but since I was a child I have...

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Riccardo and Fabio learn from the best at the Sport Digital Marketing Festival

UCFB students Riccardo Polacco and Fabio Schaupp recently had the amazing opportunity to fly out to Riccione in Italy for the Sport Digital Marketing Festival. The festival is the biggest event of its kind in Italy and involved major organisations showcasing their strategies and a number of key note speakers. Here, Riccardo takes us through their experience in Riccione…

Although it was the first edition, the location of the festival was superb – taking place at the Palazzo dei Congressi in...

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Aleem working for Asian Football Confederation at FIFA World Cup

With the World Cup now underway, UCFB student Aleem Bolkiah has been busy in Moscow working as a FIFA delegate with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The BA (Hons) International Football Business student has been tasked with attending all FIFA Congress meetings and conferences on behalf of Brunei, and was present to see the US, Mexico and Canada awarded the 2026 World Cup ahead of Morocco.

During his time in Russia so far, Aleem met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the...

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Nick and George helping themselves and other students with 24/7 Football

By Rebecca Hawksworth

As they look to build a career within sports media, two UCFB students have set up their own website to showcase their talents as well as that of other students.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Media students Nick Pratt and George Clayton have established 24/7 Football, a website that provides all the latest news and talking points about all clubs across England’s top four divisions. To coincide with the website, the duo have also set up their own YouTube...

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Nick writing about his heroes with Absolute Chelsea

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Media student Nick Emms has been gaining valuable writing experience for the well-respected Chelsea fan site Absolute Chelsea.

Absolute Chelsea was created in 2015 with the aim of keeping Blues fans around the world updated with all of the club’s news.

As a Chelsea fan himself, Nick was delighted when the creators of the website liked his portfolio work that he submitted and offered him the chance to write for them on a regular basis.

Speaking of his role writing about...

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