Welcome Message from our Chairman and Chief Executive
A World First in Higher Education
UCFB Chairman & Chief Executive, Brendan Flood
I would like to wish you a very warm welcome to the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB). We’re proud to be the first higher education institution in the world dedicated to the delivery of university degrees in the football and sports industry. What makes our unique educational experience work so well is down to three key components: what we teach, where we teach and how we teach. We believe this approach gives you the best chance of a successful career upon graduation.
What we teach
Our degree programmes have been designed with these industries and their varied roles specifically in mind. Media, marketing, finance, psychology, coaching and event management, amongst others, are all sectors of these industries that are growing at a rate never seen before, with new roles being created on a daily basis.
Where we teach
Our students benefit from unique learning and sporting environments to live and learn in, with state-of-the-art facilities in inspirational campuses in London and Manchester, which include the iconic Wembley stadium at the heart of UCFB Wembley and Etihad stadium at their heart of UCFB Etihad Campus.
How we teach
Studying at UCFB, you will have the opportunity to obtain the key ingredients for a successful career in professional football and sport. They are a degree, good references from a network of business contacts and a proven track record of work experience. On top of this, we’ve launched the UCFB Award in Football & Sports Leadership, an exclusive award that encompasses the additional qualifications and experiences that you can gain outside your degree programme. Our goal at UCFB is to help create highly qualified, motivated and experienced graduates to drive these industries forward across the globe.
Welcome to the global football and sports industry.
Chairman & Chief Executive, UCFB
The UCFB story
In the UK alone, more than 400,000 people are employed in the sports industry – a sector that is worth an impressive £20 billion. Both figures continue to increase and show no sign of slowing down.
From marketing to coaching, media to finance and event management to hospitality, new roles and new opportunities are presenting themselves on a daily basis. The concept of UCFB was born from the idea of training and teaching ambitious and talented individuals with the knowledge, principles and ideas to fill such roles
After initially opening at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor in 2011, UCFB opened its second campus, with the iconic Wembley Stadium at its heart, in 2014. The opening of a third campus in Manchester at the state-of-the-art Etihad Campus in 2016 marked a significant step in the growth of UCFB, with Manchester Sports Village, Belle Vue being available from 2019. Today UCFB delivers university degrees from its London and Manchester campuses, whilst our original home at Turf Moor sees BTEC diplomas delivered to sports students. Our ground-breaking partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School allows our postgraduate students to experience the football and sports industry in another iconic sporting city.
It’s not just in the UK where UCFB is making great strides, but also abroad, building partnerships in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Qatar, South Korea and the USA, to name a few. We’re proud that 92% of our graduates are in employment within six months of graduation, with nearly two thirds working in sport – far above sports graduate averages.
As we continue to deliver on our promise to provide highly qualified, ambitious graduates ready to make an impact in the world of football and sport, we welcome you to be part of the growing UCFB story.