UCFB News

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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14th February 2017

Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague and BBC boss Philip Bernie to speak with UCFB students

UCFB is delighted to announce that Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, and the Head of BBC TV Sport Philip Bernie, will be talking to students this week as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series.

Balague, a regular on Sky Sports and an international journalist, and Bernie, who has risen through the ranks at the BBC during his 30 years at the corporation, will appear at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th February...

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6th February 2017

Former Hull City boss Mike Phelan and ex-Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein to speak with UCFB students

UCFB is delighted to announce that former Arsenal and Football Association vice-chairman David Dein, and ex-Hull City manager Mike Phelan, will be talking to students this week as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series.

Dein, who was responsible for bringing Arsene Wenger to England in 1996, and Phelan, who was also assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, will appear at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus on Tuesday 7th February and Wednesday 8th February respectively.

David Dein

Dein is best...

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23rd January 2017

UCFB chairman and Burnley FC director to talk with students as next guest speaker

 

Brendan Flood, who’s on the board of directors at Burnley FC as well as chairman of UCFB, will be the first Executive Guest Speaker of 2017 at both UCFB campuses.

Brendan, who has football business interests on both sides of the Atlantic, will speak to students at UCFB Wembley on Tuesday 24th February and UCFB Etihad Campus on Wednesday 25th February.

Brendan Flood

As UCFB’s Chairman who led the creation of UCFB inside Burnley FC’s Turf Moor stadium in 2011, Brendan’s background also...

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15th January 2017

Former Premier League referee Chris Foy tells UCFB students: ‘English referees are among the best in the world’

On the evidence of recent tournaments, it could be a while until we see England reach a major championship final.

What has become a regular occurrence in recent seasons though has been the appearance of English officials in some of the biggest games in world football. Since 2010, an English official has taken charge of a World Cup final, a European Championship final, two Champions Leagues finals and a Europa League final.

Evidence enough, according to former Premier League official Chris Foy,...

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