16th March 2017

UCFB media students feel the excitement of match day at QPR’s Loftus Road

UCFB and Championship side Queens Park Rangers have kicked-off an exciting new partnership which will see students gain valuable match day media skills

QPR welcomed BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting students to Loftus Road for their under-23s’ fixture with Colchester United.

The game saw students given access all areas in an environment similar to that of a first team match day, within which they immersed themselves in the world of sport media and broadcasting. From presenting pitch side before kick-off...

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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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9th March 2017

Student match report: UCFB Etihad Campus Women secure historic first title with easy win over Bolton

UCFB Etihad Campus Women 11 – 0 University of Bolton Women

Belle Vue Stadium, Manchester, 08/03/17

By Riegan Thompson

An emphatic 11-0 win saw UCFB secure promotion and the BUCS Northern 4A title to cap a phenomenal first season.

Zoe Stout’s team, who didn’t exist 12 months ago, went into their season finale against Bolton knowing a win would secure an historic title on what was also International Women’s Day.

In the opening exchanges nerves appeared to be getting the better of UCFB, with striker...

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9th March 2017

300 up for UCFB employability team

UCFB reached another landmark this week when it struck a partnership with its 300th organisation to enable students to access vital work placement roles in the football, sport and events industries.

Since opening its doors in 2011, UCFB has emphasised the importance to all students of taking on work placement opportunities alongside their studies. In that time, over 1,000 students have been placed in elite organisations around the world including The Football Association, UEFA and the Rugby Football Union.

Danny Stroud, Complementary...

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8th March 2017

If This Girl Can, so can you

By Sharona Friedman, Chief Marketing Officer at UCFB


Over the past month, Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ marketing campaign has returned to billboards and TVs across the country. Originally created two years ago as an attempt to inspire women to participate in sport, its success was remarkable. If you haven’t come across This Girl Can before, or haven’t come across the new campaign yet, here are its main promotional videos:

This Girl Can 1 (2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsP0W7-tEOc

This Girl Can 2 (2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZoXyIxqFRc

In marketing,...

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2nd March 2017

Student match report: UCFB run rampant as they close in on title

Manchester Metropolitan University Women 0-13 UCFB Etihad Campus Women


By Riegan Thompson

UCFB Etihad Campus Women made the short trip to Manchester Metropolitan University knowing that two wins from their remaining two games would secure them the title in their first season.

At first it seemed things weren’t going to be easy, with Manchester Metropolitan sporting face paint and giving out a huge battle cry prior to kick off. In truth however, UCFB couldn’t have asked for a better day.

The opening 15 minutes...

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1st March 2017

SMMEX Wembley Stadium event to give UCFB students vital insight and experience

UCFB students will get the chance to network with the cream of the football and sport industry after landing work placement roles at an upcoming conference at Wembley Stadium.

In total, eight students will attend SMMEX – The Sports Merchandise & Marketing Exhibition – at the beginning of March to gain vital work experience and get a closer look at the inner workings of the industry, with some in attendance to film the event for the organisers.

SMMEX sees clubs, brands and...

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28th February 2017

Children in Need certificate for UCFB Etihad Campus staff and students

Students and staff at UCFB Etihad Campus have been presented with a certificate of thanks after raising over £450 for Children in Need.

Across the campus in November, a number of events took place including: a bake sale, a spotty cake competition and football matches where positions were auctioned off to help raise the funds for the BBC’s flagship charity appeal. The certificate, presented this week, confirmed a brilliant total of £454 was raised.

Amy Platts, Head of Student Services at UCFB...

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