17th January 2017

In Focus: The psychological demands of a professional footballer – Alan Tonge

In the latest in our UCFB In Focus series, lecturer Alan Tonge gives an insight into his ongoing research on the psychological demands faced by professional football players. He hopes his research will help players navigate the rigours of professional football so that they have a longer playing career, and to then aid their transition into the game when their playing careers are coming to an end.

Alan, a lecturer in sport research at UCFB Etihad Campus, is a former professional himself,...

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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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14th January 2017

‘Tell the story’ – UCFB students told the importance of getting the basics right by Arsenal media chief

Budding PR and marketing professionals were told to simply “tell the story” by the Communications Director of one of the world’s biggest football clubs during a talk at UCFB.

Mark Gonnella, media chief at Premier League giants Arsenal, visited UCFB Wembley and told students the importance of PR in football and sport and the wide scope of his role. As well as organising interviews for players and club staff with various media outlets, his job sees him work closely with chief...

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13th January 2017

Former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown Finnis talks moving and working abroad to UCFB students

Adapting to a new country and new culture is something sport industry professionals must be prepared for at any given point in their career.

The global nature of 21st century sport, especially football, means a move abroad is never far away, something that’s especially true for athletes.

Former England and Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis had to learn quickly when she moved from her native north west England to Alabama in the United States, where she was between the sticks for Alabama Crimson...

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11th January 2017

UCFB student Jack gaining vital experience in the Salford City media team

A UCFB Etihad Campus student has seen one of his degree modules turn into regular work at Salford City FC thanks to his networking with key individuals at the club.

Jack Glennon, in the third year of his BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing programme, was tasked this semester with maintaining a blog about a topic of his choosing for the Digital Marketing module. He chose to cover his local non-league team with match previews, reports and interviews with players and...

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9th January 2017

Apprentice star Nick Hewer outlines the crucial nature of PR within sport

Sport is worth a staggering £20billion a year to the UK economy. Where once sports like football were the “working man’s game” for those in the vicinity of a professional team, the modern game has gone global in ways that people couldn’t have imagined.

Because of this, good PR is now vital to the clubs and athletes that make a living from sport. Good PR facilitates deals and sponsorship worth millions of pounds. Good PR is also responsible for Premier League...

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6th January 2017

New mega-stadiums helping to drive London clubs to a new future

London is seeing an explosion in brand new state-of-the-art stadia like no other city in the world.

In August West Ham United moved into the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after over a century at their famous Upton Park home. The controversial move came a decade after the opening of the new Wembley Stadium, home to UCFB Wembley, and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur are currently building a new 61,000 seater stadium and hope to be in it by 2018, and in West...

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4th January 2017

Sport management group set up by UCFB students gaining international recognition

Three entrepreneurial UCFB Wembley students are already influencing the international football market after setting up their own sport management company.

Avalon Sports Group is the brainchild of Saad Wadia, Raj Shah and Lorenz Essing, and the trio have already made their mark less than 18 months after they started by playing a huge part in international deals. Their initial aim is to connect the English and Indian markets before exploring Asia further.

This summer they travelled to India for a series of...

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2nd January 2017

In Focus: How Brazil can break into China – Gustavo Spanholi

In the third and final entry of his UCFB In Focus series, Brazilian Gustavo Spanholi, a lecturer in Football Business and Sport Management, takes a look at how Brazil can fit into the Chinese football market and affect it on and off the field.

Gustavo’s blog has been split into three sections, which will be published week-by-week over the Christmas period, looking at what Brazil knows about China, where it...

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30th December 2016

Graduate Jacob’s future career path looks promising thanks to a double job success in New Zealand

One UCFB graduate is making waves in the finance and football industries on the other side of the world after landing two great opportunities.

Jacob Weaver, a recent BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance alumnus, returned home to New Zealand upon graduating to take up a position with the financial advisory services team at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

But it’s not just at PwC where Jacob has put the skills he learnt at UCFB to good use. Utilising the knowledge he gained...

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