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Danone Nations Cup World Finals – Draws Live Today

Danone Nations Cup World Finals coundown kicks off today with the live draws for the Group Stages of the competition…

The 2019 Danone Nations World Cup competition will take place in Barcelona from the 9th-12th of October and will be the biggest football competition in the world for children aged 10 to 12. Over 700 children from 27 countries are attending the event, which will see each of the teams have the chance to head out onto the RCDE Stadium, home to La Liga team CF Espanyol, to play in their final match, following prior qualifying rounds.

The ESFA are delighted that Team England, this year will consist of FOUR English teams, who will all travel over to Spain in October. Teams will consist of; the winners of the District Cup 2018 and 2019, Newham SFA and Nottingham SFA alongside the winners of the girls’ schools cup 2018 and 2019, Ponteland Primary and School and Easington Colliery primary school, both from the North East of England. This year is the first time that England has been invited to take girls to the competition so the ESFA are delighted to be able to give these players the experience of a lifetime playing in the worlds biggest football tournament.

Congratulations to each of these teams for fighting through a grueling competition for the reward of representing their country at such a big tournament.

The draw for the group stages of the tournament goes live on September 16th at 3pm GMT and is available to watch live on the Danone Nations Cup Facebook live.

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Exciting News for our Partners: UCFB

University Campus of Football Business to open stadium study hubs in Melbourne, Toronto, New York and Atlanta

University Campus of Football Business (UCFB), which has UK campuses in London and Manchester with Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart, is delighted to announce plans that will afford students and graduates the incredible opportunity to study in New York, Atlanta, Toronto and Melbourne at some of the most iconic stadiums in world sport.

New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host the brand new UCFB Global Study Hubs, enabling students and graduates to further enhance their knowledge and expertise of the international sports industry as well as learn from professionals working at some of the biggest organisations in the sector.

Each hub will host an annual Global Summit event, where students will be able to take part in the UCFB International Club Experience, which will drill down into the inner workings of sports teams in international markets to reveal unique insight.

Each city and sports partner has been carefully selected by UCFB to enable students and alumni to learn and network with the very best that the international sports market has to offer. Melbourne is the capital of Australian sport with the iconic MCG sitting right at its heart, while Toronto FC and its owners, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), are the embodiment of 21st century sports ownership. Meanwhile, New York is home to some of the biggest and best sports franchises in world sport, and Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the most spectacular and technologically advanced arena in the world.

Brendan Flood, UCFB Chairman and Chief Executive, commented:

“We’ve invested time to forge the right global partnerships that complement our unique proposition of providing best-in-class sports education in inspirational learning environments. Our partners MCG, Toronto FC, Red Bull Arena and Mercedes-Benz Stadium have bought into our vision, which is to upskill the global sports industry, meaning UCFB students and graduates will soon be able to experience some of the greatest arenas in world sport, not to mention have the opportunity to learn from these incredible professionals.”

Brendan Flood, UCFB Chairman & Chief Executive

UCFB’s Global Hubs have been eight years in the making, after the institution introduced itself to the world with its first campus at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor. Since then UCFB has opened further campuses in London and Manchester, each of which have Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart. In 2018 UCFB launched its first online Masters degree, allowing students around the world to access its unique sports curriculum.

Brendan added: “I’ve previously stated that my vision for UCFB is to become the ‘Harvard of Sport’, and I believe this new and exciting opportunity for students, on top of what is available to them already, moves us further towards that position. Innovation and opportunity is part of the UCFB DNA, and these global hubs really deliver that.”

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