8th December 2016

Q&A with The FA’s Head of Judicial Service Mark Ives

The Football Association’s Head of Judicial Services, Mark Ives, spoke recently with UCFB Wembley students as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series. During his hour long appearance, Mark described his role at The FA and some of the more famous disciplinary proceedings he’s been involved with over the years.

His first senior role in football came as Chief Executive at The Hertfordshire Football Association, before taking on the job as County Business Development Manager in 2001 at The FA, who...

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6th December 2016

Graduate Alice lands sponsorship job at Premier League giants Manchester United

Not many people are fortunate enough to say they work at one of the biggest sporting institutions in the world, but UCFB graduate Alice Birch certainly can.

Marrying her hard work and ambition with an invaluable degree and an armful of work placements, Alice has landed the role of Sponsorship Operations Assistant at Premier League giants Manchester United.

Based at the club’s London office, Alice’s role, though mostly confidential, comprises of helping to bring in sponsorship and partnership deals for the club...

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1st December 2016

Soccerex success for quartet of eager UCFB students

Four UCFB students took their knowledge to the recent Soccerex convention in Manchester to work for a leading FIFA licensed match agency and specialist women’s football magazine.

Andrew Critcos and Jakub Glowacki, both UCFB Wembley students, spent three days making key contacts whilst promoting the services of El-Ef Sport, who specialise in organising pre-season tours and friendly matches. At the same time fellow Wembley students Lianna Bagley and Danny Cook were in Manchester to film the conference and interview leading football...

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29th November 2016

Rachel Brown-Finnis: ‘Trailblazers leading the way for women presenting football on TV’

With the rise in popularity of women’s football has come increased television and further media coverage, giving former pros the chance to try their hand at presenting and punditry.

Former England and Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has found herself in front of the camera talking about the game she loves frequently since hanging up her gloves in 2014. And while some still think there are barriers to overcome for women when it comes to working in the football industry, whether that...

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25th November 2016

UCFB student Finn lands exciting video work placement role at The FA

Students at UCFB Wembley are often given the unrivalled opportunity to gain valuable work experience at The Football Association during their time studying at Wembley Stadium.

Finn Savage, a second year BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting student, is the latest from UCFB to be offered a prestigious intern role at The FA. Finn will be part of the video team – a role sure to help his ambitions of being a media and broadcasting professional in the football and...

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24th November 2016

UCFB Academic Blog: Researching primary physical education – Dr Gerald Griggs

In the first of a new series of topical blogs from UCFB Academics, Dr Gerald Griggs, Head of Academics at UCFB Etihad Campus, reflects on his key research into primary physical education in England.

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 books and over thirty international peer reviewed journal articles....

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21st November 2016

Countdown and Apprentice star Nick Hewer among guests to speak to UCFB students this week

UCFB is delighted to announce that Countdown host Nick Hewer and Burnley FC’s General Manager Matt Williams will be talking to students this week as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series.

Hewer, a PR guru before finding fame on TV, and Williams, former Chief Executive at Shrewsbury Town, will appear at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus respectively on Wednesday 23rd November.

Nick Hewer

Before finding fame as Lord Sugar’s sidekick on BBC show The Apprentice and then presenter of game show...

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17th November 2016

Graduate Alice to present emotional dissertation on Clarke Carlisle at prestigious football conference

A UCFB graduate will present and discuss her dissertation on suicidal behaviour and its relationship with professional football at an upcoming conference on the future of the game.

Alice Kelk, who graduated from UCFB Burnley this summer on the BA (Hons) Football Business & Media programme, will present her study ‘Suicidal behaviour, associated antecedents and professional football’ at Future Football: A design for life conference in Manchester later this month.

Her work is an emotional case study on former Burnley FC captain...

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15th November 2016

Former Premier League referee Chris Foy among guests to speak to UCFB students this week

UCFB is delighted to announce that former Premier League referee Chris Foy and Fleetwood Town’s Head of Communications William Watt will be talking to students this week as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series.

Foy, who officiated in England’s top league for 14 years, and William, who joined Fleetwood this summer, will appear at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus respectively on Wednesday 16th November.

Chris Foy

Former Premier League referee Foy officiated over 650 professional matches during his established career, including...

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14th November 2016

UCFB joins The FA and Scottish FA at Wembley Stadium Armistice Day service

UCFB students and staff joined officials from The Football Association and the Scottish FA on Armistice Day in falling silent outside Wembley Stadium to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Attending the special service besides the Bobby Moore statue, UCFB paid their respects at the event which was led by FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn and his Scottish counterpart Stewart Regan, who both laid wreathes at the foot of the statue.

Later that evening, both England and Scotland wore black armbands...

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