ESFA and UCFB continue partnership for the 23/24 season

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) is delighted to announce that it has extended its partnership with the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) to continue being the Associations’ official Higher Education partner until 2025.  

The partnership, which began in 2018, has shared communications to numerous schools and students on the many benefits of studying at UCFB and the opportunities available to young people to go on to work within the sports industry.  

The University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) is a world first in higher education, offering undergraduate university degrees in the football and sports industry. Offering degrees in football coaching & analysis, football business, sport psychology, media and broadcasting, sports coaching science, marketing, finance and more, UCFB is a leading destination for education in the football and sports industry. Located at their campuses in London, which has the iconic Wembley Stadium at its heart, and their Manchester campus, students are embedded in the football and sports industry. UCFB’s innovative football and sports programmes are tailor-made to give students and industry professionals alike the best possible chance of a successful career in their chosen sector. 

Throughout the long-standing partnership, there has been highlights such as football matches between the England U18 Schoolboys’ and UCFB, as well as educational talks with students at several ESFA events and interview technique masterclasses with ESFA CEO, Andrea Chilton. UCFB have also made a substantial contribution to the ESFA’s Schools’ Football Week campaign offering free careers sessions to participating schools and providing classroom materials for teachers to use in their football-themed lessons.   

For the 2023/24 season, the ESFA and UCFB have teamed up to create the ESFA Bursary, a brilliant opportunity for one aspirational student to work closely with the team at the ESFA gaining some industry experience whilst receiving a top-class education at UCFB. Stay tuned for more information on this in the coming months.  

ESFA Chair Marvin Robinson said: “Get ready for a season of incredible possibilities as we embark on a joint mission with UCFB in 2023/24. Our shared goal of using football as a platform for personal growth, educational excellence, and career advancement makes this partnership truly exhilarating. Together, we’re set to enhance our services for the benefit of our players, students, and the entire football community.” 

Sharona Friedman, President of UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport, added: “Over the past few years, a number of our students have gained great insight and had positive experiences working alongside the ESFA. We’re naturally delighted that this work will continue over the next couple of years and I look forward to both organisations benefitting from each other’s expertise.” 

To kick off the 23/24 schools’ football season, UCFB would like to find out how they can support schools and colleges around the country and open access to their in-house expertise and network in the football and sports industry.  
This short survey will take no longer than a few minutes to complete – thank you very much in advance for your time. 


To learn more about UCFB visit www.ucfb.ac.uk or download our UCFB Digital Pack

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