UCFB

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UCFB
Established 2011 (2011)
Provost Professor Philip Wilson
Location Burnley Football Club and Wembley Stadium, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 53°47′20″N 2°13′44″W / 53.78889°N 2.22889°W / 53.78889; -2.22889
Website www.ucfb.com

UCFB (University College of Football Business) is a Higher Education institution offering university degrees and executive education in the football business, sports and leisure industries.

The Provost and Chief Executive is Professor Philip Wilson.[1]

Campus locations[edit]

UCFB has two locations:

UCFB Burnley opened in 2011 at Burnley Football Club.[2][3] The Queen and Prince Philip visited UCFB Burnley[4] during their tour of Turf Moor and Burnley Football Club as part of the Jubilee Celebrations.[5]

UCFB Wembley opened in 2014[3][6] at Wembley Stadium, home of English football and sports.[7]

Both UCFB Burnley and UCFB Wembley are located inside their respective stadiums, with classrooms overlooking the pitch.[3]

Degree programmes[edit]

UCFB offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the strategic, operational and business facets of the football business and wider sports and leisure industries. Degrees available include:

  • MA Sport Management*
  • BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching
  • BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance
  • BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Football Business & Media
  • BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law
  • BA (Hons) International Football Business
  • BA (Hons) Sports Business, Retailing & Merchandising
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology
  • BA (Hons) Stadium & Events Management
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education*
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Business Management*
  • BA (Hons) Sports Business, PR & Communications*
  • BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting*
  • BA (Hons) American Sports Business Management*
  • BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports History*
  • BA (Hons) Sports Community & Development*
  • BA (Hons) Sports Business, Sponsorship & Advertising*

* Subject to validation

Complementary Curriculum[edit]

UCFB's Complementary Curriculum includes its Executive Speaker Series and work experience opportunities, with UCFB students learning from leading figures within the football and sports industries.

Students work with senior industry and sector specialists through the Executive Speaker Series. The UCFB Strategic Leadership & Management Programme, another aspect of the Complementary Curriculum, is led by Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the Scottish Professional Football League.

UCFB students also have the opportunity to work towards a number of internal and external additional qualifications relevant to the industry. These include FA Coaching certificates, Prozone Performance Analysis and foreign language qualifications.

UCFB has links with football and sports industry organisations such as the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), Premier League, The Football League, The Football Association (FA), Scottish Professional Football League, Umbro, BBC Sport, ITV Sport and Sky Sports.

Executive Speaker Series[edit]

Some of the guest speakers who have attended UCFB include:

  • Steve McManaman – Former professional footballer and TV pundit
  • Peter Salmon – Director, England at the BBC
  • Jamie Carragher – Former professional football player and Sky Sports pundit
  • Alistair Mackintosh – Chief Executive at Fulham Football Club
  • Niall Sloane – Director of Sport at ITV
  • Ian Haythornthwaite – Finance Director at the BBC
  • Julie Harrington – Managing Director at St. George’s Park
  • Neil Doncaster – Chief Executive at Scottish Professional Football League
  • Rachel Brown-Finnis – Former England & Everton Goalkeeper & Television Commentator
  • Brendan Foster CBE – Former Olympian and Vice-President at Nike Europe, and founder of the Great North Run
  • Daniel Geey – Voted one of the top UK sports lawyers in 2014
  • Mike Phelan – Former Assistant Manager at Manchester United for Sir Alex Ferguson & Former Professional Football Player
  • Kelly Simmons MBE– Director of The National Game and Women’s Football at The FA
  • Margaret Byrne MBE – Chief Executive at Sunderland AFC
  • Mark Lawrenson – Former professional football player and pundit at the BBC
  • Jacqui Oatley – Sports Broadcaster at the BBC
  • Alastair Campbell – Former Government Director of Communications and Strategy
  • Professor Brian Barwick – Chairman of The Rugby Football League and Former Chief Executive of The FA
  • Lee Hoos – Chief Executive at Burnley Football Club
  • Susan Black – Director of Communications at Liverpool Football Club
  • Sean Dyche – Manager at Burnley Football Club
  • Lee Clayton – Head of Sport at the Daily Mail and MailOnline

Investors & Operational Board[edit]

Advisory Board[edit]

  • Professor Brian Barwick – Chairman of the UCFB Advisory Board, Chairman of The Rugby Football League and Former Chief Executive of The FA
  • Professor Philip Wilson – Provost & Chief Executive at UCFB, Director and Founder of UCFB
  • Alastair Campbell – Former Government Director of Communications and Strategy
  • Neil Doncaster – Chief Executive at Scottish Professional Football League
  • Martin Prothero – Former Senior Vice President at Umbro & Former Director at Charlton Athletic Football Club
  • Paul Fletcher MBE – Director and Founder of UCFB, Former Chief Executive of Burnley Football Club
  • Mike Phelan – Former Assistant Manager at Manchester United for Sir Alex Ferguson & Former Professional Football Player
  • Kelly Simmons MBE – Director of The National Game and Women’s Football at The FA
  • Roger Maslin – Managing Director at Wembley National Stadium Ltd
  • Ray Stubbs – Sports Broadcaster & Former Professional Football Player

Ambassadors[edit]

  • Rachel Brown-Finnis – Former England & Everton Goalkeeper & Television Commentator
  • Sue Smith – England & Doncaster Rovers Football Player & Television Commentator

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Jonathan (December 9, 2010). "Lessons in the beautiful game: True fanatics can now enroll in a degree in football". Independent. 
  2. ^ "UK university to offer only football business degrees". BBC. June 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Wembley announced as second home for Burnley’s UCFB". Burnley Express. February 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Daydy, Graham. "By Royal appointment". Total Football Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour reaches Lancashire". BBC. May 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "UCFB in landmark deal with Wembley Stadium". FC Business (magazine). 
  7. ^ "UCFB Wembley launched". theFA.com. February 26, 2013. 

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