The ESFA is delighted to announce that it has extended its partnership with University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) – the world’s first higher education establishment dedicated to football and sports degrees – into its third year.
UCFB, which has campuses with the Etihad Stadium and Wembley Stadium at their heart, will continue to be the ESFA Foundation Partner for Higher Education, helping to improve career prospects for students through football. Earlier this UCFB also announced the launch the Global Institute of Sport (GIS) – its dedicated new home for Master’s degrees and executive education, to further expand its educational offering in the UK, online and abroad.
The extended deal means that employability opportunities for UCFB and GIS students at the ESFA and County School FAs will continue, as will research opportunities for students.
Football matches between the English schoolboys U18 squad and a UCFB team have been some of the highlights of the previous agreements, and UCFB is delighted to confirm that this fixture will be returning soon, and students will help to run the ESFA YouTube channel and help to broadcast their fixtures.
Andrea Chilton, CEO of ESFA: “The English Schools’ FA is delighted to be able to continue this partnership with UCFB and now GIS. Our joint missions remain the same as they always have – using football as a platform for personal development, educational attainment and career progression, makes this a particularly exciting joint venture through which we aim to enhance each other’s services for the benefit of our players, students and pupils.”
Sharona Friedman, GIS President and UCFB Governor, commented: “The last two years has seen a number of our students gain great insight and experience working alongside the ESFA. It’s only right that this partnership should continue to benefit our students and the ESFA, and we look forward to both organisations benefitting from each other’s expertise over the coming 12 months.”
UCFB graduates are currently employed at Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Chelsea, with numerous ex-students also in roles at The Football Association, the Scottish Professional Football League and dozens of English Football League clubs.
Look out for forthcoming information on UCFB and how your pupils can get involved in their fantastic higher education programmes for their future.
The National Governing Body for Schools’ Football in England.