In partnership with the ESFA

The University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) – the world’s first higher education establishment dedicated to football and sports degrees – is an ongoing partner of the English Schools’ FA to improve career prospects for students through football. 

We’re delighted that UCFB, which has campuses with the Etihad Stadium and Wembley Stadium at its heart, is the English Schools’ Football Association’s (ESFA) Foundation Partner for Higher Education.

The partnership delivers research opportunities for UCFB’s postgraduate arm, The Global Institute of Sport (GIS), and offers rewards and recognition for volunteers with the aim of increasing participation and engagement. 

UCFB’s unique degree programmes are proudly industry-orientated, with 94.3% of 2021 graduates in full-time employment or study six to nine months after graduating, and 61.2% of these working in sport, far higher than the sports degree average. 

UCFB alumni are also currently employed at 68 of the 92 EFL clubs and 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs, with numerous ex-students also in roles at Sky Sports, the Rugby Football League, Formula One and even British Cycling. 

There have been, and will continue to be, a variety of marketing and student recruitment collaborations between UCFB and the ESFA to offer new opportunities to students hoping to develop careers in the football and sports industry. 

Expressions of Interest

UCFB are always happy to hear from students, clubs, schools and colleges who would like to express an interest in finding out more about the university and its pioneering programmes.  

To inquire, simply click this link, fill in your details and UCFB will be in touch regarding open days and other further information.  

Our ongoing partnership with the ESFA is something we’re hugely proud of, offering our students the very best insights and networking opportunities within sport. 

“As a foundation partner of ESFA, we’ve grown alongside the organisation and witnessed several ESFA players excel through our unique degree programmes.” 

Sharona Friedman, UCFB Governor 


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