Dozens of final-year 69视频 and GIS students travelled to St George鈥檚 Park,听the home of England鈥檚 national football teams, for the 2024 UCFB and GIS听Future Leaders Conference.

The event, which is designed to inspire the next generation of sports听industry professionals, offered a day filled with invaluable 苍别迟飞辞谤办颈苍驳听opportunities, insightful sessions and immersive experiences.

The day commenced with a behind-the-scenes tour of the amazing听facilities at St George鈥檚 Park, which consisted of outdoor pitches, a full-蝉颈锄别听indoor 3G pitch, changing rooms, the gym and a rehabilitation suite.

Throughout the day, students engaged in a series of sessions from leaders听within the football and wider sports industry.

These sessions provided the students with invaluable insights into th别听operations and marketing departments at St George鈥檚 Park and an 颈苍蝉颈驳丑迟听into the role of a game insights analyst at The FA.

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Additionally, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) panel听offered students an opportunity to gain understanding of the decision-making processes in football.

The students then had the opportunity to make their own decisions,听through immersing themselves in the PGMOL鈥檚 VAR Experience.

The day concluded with an exclusive keynote speaker session from听Liverpool and England legend John Barnes, who captivated the audienc别听with his insights, anecdotes and advice to the eager students in the room.

He finished his speech with a rendition of the iconic 鈥榃orld in motion鈥 rap,听leaving the audience on their feet!

Reflecting on the event, Angela Bent, UCFB鈥檚 senior employability and career planning advisor, said:

鈥淲hat better way to celebrate the students completing their time at UCFB than spending the day at St George's Park - the home to all 23 England teams.听

鈥淚t was fantastic to see students from both campuses networking amongst themselves, guest speakers, and staff. 鈥

鈥淲e鈥檝e had talks on career opportunities within the business, practice and media side of the game, to further inspire students considering their next steps.听

鈥淚 particularly enjoyed the exclusive tour of St George's Park and the PGMOL panel, which made me think about decisions from a different perspective.鈥

To find out more about the opportunities and trips available to UCFB students thanks to our Employability and Career Planning Team,鈥click here.

You can also kick off your career in the sports industry by鈥clicking here鈥痶o view a UCFB prospectus.