21st April 2017

UCFB and Sky Sports team up to offer 100 female school pupils a taste of a career in sport media

UCFB and Sky Sports have teamed up to offer an exciting hands-on insight to young females pursuing a career in sport media.

The Women in Sport Media event, set to take place on April 26th at UCFB Wembley, will see 100 local school pupils visit the campus to hear from and experience the industry from a number of high-profile female sport media professionals.

The pupils will learn more about the specific roles available in the sport media industry through skills sessions such...

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20th April 2017

In Focus: Locating Physical Education – Dr. Gerald Griggs

In the latest in our UCFB In Focus series, Dr. Gerald Griggs, head of academics at UCFB Etihad Campus, lays out the purpose of Physical Education in the curriculum and reveals how it has developed since the beginning of the 20th century.

Gerald has worked in education for over twenty years and brings a wealth of higher education experience to UCFB. He is a globally recognised figure in the field of primary physical education and to date has published four...

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18th April 2017

The Director of Football – not such a joke?

Asked what he thought about the role of a director of football when he was QPR boss, Harry Redknapp famously said: “It’s a joke, really, that you are expected to work with someone else’s players.”

Largely unfancied in English football but now increasingly common, the role is a vital component in player recruitment, which spans from unearthing youth with an eye on the future, to finding players ready for the first team.

It’s not just managers that have regular dealings with a...

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14th April 2017

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pies taking on the nation’s football grounds… one pie at a time

Having a pie at the football is a tradition only rivalled by drinking Bovril and shouting at the referee.

Whether it’s meat and potato or chicken balti, everyone has a favourite half time snack. With this in mind, four UCFB Etihad Campus students have got together to seek out the best pie in the game.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pies – Anya Wood, Charlie Bamford, Jessica Mitchell and Katie Mullen – set up a blog at the beginning of their time...

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12th April 2017

Masters student Simon takes part in exciting ‘hackathon’ for Premier League side Manchester City

UCFB student Simon Li enjoyed the enviable experience of joining 60 digital experts from around the world to take part in a ‘hackathon’ at a leading Premier League club.

Simon, who’s studying MSc International Sport Management at UCFB Wembley, took part in the three-day event on behalf of Manchester City. The aim of the hackathon – HackManCity – was to help the club decipher its digital data to find out more about its fan base. It’s hoped that by doing this...

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10th April 2017

UCFB – In Focus: Football must be careful of overusing technology

Dr. Brian Barwick, RFL chairman and member of UCFB’s Employability & Enhancement Panel

For many years I was an advocate of goal-line technology and it was a battle that was difficult to win. I wanted to see it in the game because it deals with actualities – the ball is either over the line or it isn’t. There’s nothing subjective about it. It’s fact.

I used to go to a lot of FIFA congresses and I’d be called the television man...

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6th April 2017

UCFB students hail ‘inspirational’ Gareth Southgate following guest speaker event

Gareth Southgate was at UCFB Wembley this week to speak to students about his career and pass on key advice to aspiring football and sport professionals.

Around 500 students gathered to hear from the England manager as he told tales from his playing and managerial career, advised students on how to deal with adversity at the highest level and revealed why England fans should be excited about the future.

The hour long talk at Wembley Stadium was part of the unique UCFB...

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5th April 2017

Value, access and comfort – Why Grand Felda House is the perfect place to live for UCFB Wembley students

It’s a well-known fact students are on a tight budget during their studies – every pound and 5p carrier bag counts.

That’s why UCFB Wembley has chosen CRM Students’ Grand Felda House as its halls of residence partner in London – affordable, modern and comfortable accommodation situated next to our iconic campus and within easy reach of the bustling city centre.

But what really sets Grand Felda House apart from other student accommodation in London – on top of the free WiFi...

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5th April 2017

Law students from around the country gather at UCFB Wembley for UK Sports Law Competition

UCFB Wembley recently played host to 20 student law teams from around the country taking part in the second UK Sports Law Competition.

The competition, in conjunction with Shulmans LLP law firm, was held inside the iconic Wembley Stadium, and welcomed the best and brightest from the country’s leading law schools, competing against each other in a variety of sport law scenarios, including the negotiation of commercial terms of a sponsorship deal and resolving a dispute between a football club and...

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3rd April 2017

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein: ‘Having passion for football is vital’

From the pitch to the stands football is a passionate sport that finds a way to get under the skin of thousands of people every weekend.

That passion is equally as important when working within the football industry and is a major factor when hiring for one former Premier League heavyweight.


David Dein spent over 20 years as vice-chairman at Arsenal and was the man responsible for hiring Arsene Wenger and the club’s success around the turn of the century. Since leaving...

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