28th December 2016

In Focus: Where can Brazil fit into Chinese football development? – Gustavo Spanholi

In the second 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.

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 can fit into the market, and finally, how it can affect goings on and off the field.

In his book ‘About China’, former US...

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26th December 2016

Former FA communications chief Adrian Bevington discusses the changing football media landscape with UCFB students

The internet, social media and 24 hour rolling news have helped to completely change the way supporters watch and engage in football in the 21st century.

With technology has come demand from fans wanting more from their club and favourite players. Clubs now create more video and written content than ever before, and where a player now tweeting after a match might give supporters a greater insight into how their heroes deal with the highs and lows of the game, it...

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23rd December 2016

Apprentice star Nick Hewer describes his time at Tottenham Hotspur with Lord Sugar to UCFB students

Most know Nick Hewer from his time on The Apprentice as Lord Sugar’s spectacled right-hand man, but little know of his experience in working in the elite levels of professional football.

Hewer, now the popular host of Countdown, was running his own London-based PR company when he and Alan Sugar met after Sugar hired Hewer’s team to look after the PR for his electronics company Amstrad.

The pair immediately struck up a relationship which exists to this day, and had to be...

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21st December 2016

In Focus: What does Brazilian football know about China? – Gustavo Spanholi

In the next installment of our UCFB In Focus series, Brazilian Gustavo Spanholi, a lecturer in Football Business and Sport Management, takes a look at the Chinese football market and how the biggest football country in the world, his homeland, can break into the Asian powerhouse similar to clubs in Europe.

Gustavo’s entry 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 can fit into the market,...

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19th December 2016

‘See yourself as an equal, because you are’ – Sky Sports’ Hayley McQueen gives advice to UCFB’s female students

Sky Sports’ Hayley McQueen knows a thing or two about being a prominent female figure in the world of sport.

McQueen, one of Sky’s most popular anchors and presenters, has been in the leading pack of female talent on Sky Sports News which proudly boasts a number of the UK’s most respected broadcasters, including Kirsty Gallacher and Natalie Sawyer.

McQueen, daughter of former Scotland international Gordon McQueen, recently visited UCFB Wembley to talk to students about her exciting career path so far...

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16th December 2016

Student profile: Jaimie Nevitt, BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management

Between working with a local football club in Manchester and going to the United States to learn different coaching techniques, Jaimie is setting himself up nicely for a future career in training the next generation of players.

With a deep rooted passion for football and career ambitions of coaching at a professional club, the opportunity to learn more about the intricacies of coaching as well as get the practical experience required thanks to the world-class facilities on offer at UCFB Etihad...

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16th December 2016

Student profile: Adam Rowe, BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism

For Adam, studying everyday overlooking the famous Wembley Stadium turf is all the motivation he needs to one day achieve his long held career goal – to return to the iconic stadium as a professional sports writer and cover a major cup final.

As soon as he found out that he could study his preferred degree programme at UCFB Wembley, Adam’s mind was made up. Already on the course he’s experienced being in the press box at a live football match,...

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16th December 2016

Academic Jen presents psychology paper at prestigious sports science conference

UCFB academic and Burnley FC psychologist Jen Lace is celebrating after presenting her first ever research paper at a leading industry conference.

Jen presented her paper, on the demands of a sport psychology practitioner working at a Premier League club, at the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference in Nottingham – BASES 2016.

The conference was a two-day sport and exercise science programme full of world-leading insight and experience, giving Jen and others like her the opportunity to network and...

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15th December 2016

Student profile: Thomas Freismuth, BA (Hons) International Football Business

Even before beginning their journey at UCFB, students are told of the importance of gaining a variety of work experience roles during their time at the institution.

Not only does it give each student the vital knowhow on different aspects of the football and sport industry, but it also allows students the chance to network, impress and make key contacts which one day could end in full time employment in their chosen career.

Austrian student Thomas is doing just that and has...

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15th December 2016

Student profile: Kieran Phillips, BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology

Sport science and, in particular, sport psychology are playing a bigger and more important role than ever in the professional environment.

Its importance hasn’t been lost on Kieran, who along with a number of other BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology students at UCFB, has set up the Psychological Society. Its aim is to bring all psychology students, and those with a passion for psychology, together to help each other further develop their knowledge of the expanding field as well as provide opportunities...

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