UCFB News

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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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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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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30th March 2017

England manager Gareth Southgate to speak to UCFB Wembley students

UCFB is delighted to announce that England manager Gareth Southgate will be talking to UCFB Wembley students next week as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series.

Southgate, also a former Premier League and England player, will appear at UCFB Wembley on Tuesday 4th April.

Gareth Southgate

UCFB Wembley will welcome Southgate fresh from England’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania, with the Three Lions top of Group F and looking good for a place at next year’s tournament in Russia.

Southgate took...

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21st March 2017

BBC commentator John Motson to speak to UCFB Wembley students as part of guest speaker series

UCFB is delighted to announce that John Motson, every football fan’s favourite commentator, will be talking to UCFB Wembley students next week as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series.

Motson, now in his fifth decade of commentating will appear at UCFB Wembley on Tuesday 28th March.

John Motson

Affectionately known as ‘Motty’ to most football fans, Motson has been the voice of English football for over five decades in his role with the BBC. Motson began commentating on Match of The Day in...

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15th March 2017

Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague: ‘England and Spain could learn from each other’

We’re often told that the Premier League is the best league in the world. It might be the most competitive and be able to throw up the odd Leicester-style surprise, but La Liga sleeps easy at night knowing it has higher quality players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann gracing the competition each week.

It’s not just domestically where teams are performing. Five of the last ten Champions League winners have come from Spain,...

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13th March 2017

Camera director John Watts to speak to UCFB Wembley students as part of guest speaker series

UCFB is delighted to announce that John Watts, an award winning camera director, will be talking to UCFB Wembley students this week as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series.

Watts, who has covered numerous major sporting and Royal events, will appear at UCFB Wembley on Tuesday 14th March.

John Watts

One of the world’s most experienced multi-camera directors, Watts is also a BAFTA and RTS award winner including receiving the RTS fellowship in 2016. His career has taken him all around the...

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13th March 2017

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher and football agent Mel Stein to speak with UCFB students

UCFB is delighted to announce that Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher and former football agent Mel Stein will be talking to students next week as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series.

Carragher, now a popular pundit on Sky Sports, will appear at UCFB Etihad Campus, and Stein, who has represented numerous England internationals over the years, will be at UCFB Wembley in the usual Tuesday and Wednesday guest speaker slots.

Jamie Carragher

Now a regular fixture on Sky Sports alongside his long term playing...

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28th February 2017

RFL boss Dr. Brian Barwick to speak to UCFB Wembley students as part of guest speaker series

UCFB is delighted to announce that Dr. Brian Barwick, chairman of the Rugby Football League and Super League, will be talking to UCFB Wembley students this week as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series.

Barwick, who is also the former chief executive of The Football Association and is a member of the UCFB Employability & Enhancement panel, will appear at UCFB Wembley on Tuesday 28th February.

Dr. Brian Barwick

A senior figure across the worlds of sport and media for several decades,...

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26th February 2017

Football scout Mel Johnson: ‘The day I first saw Gareth Bale…’

The role of a football scout consists of thousands of motorway miles, one-too-many service station sandwiches and an undying love for the game.

A scout will see thousands of players of all ages and levels over a season, and very few of their recommendations will come off. But every now and then, a gem, a diamond, a player of rare quality, is discovered. Such a player caught the keen eye of Mel Johnson when he was chief scout at Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking...

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