One of our media students has been speaking to us about the excitement of working in the Play-Offs at the end of the season, and how grateful she is to have that opportunity during her studies at UCFB.

Abbie Glover, a BA (Hons) Football Business and Media student at UCFB Wembley, was involved with the Play-Offs thanks to her work experience placement at the National League.

She said: “The opportunity came about from Job Teaser! I checked it often and when I saw the media placement with the National League I was instantly intrigued and knew it was something I wanted to do.”

Her placement allowed her to be at the dramatic National League Play-Off semi-final between Notts County and Boreham Wood, which saw Notts County complete an almighty comeback to send themselves to Wembley.

Abbie added: “The atmosphere was incredible - being able to see the emotion from the fans and what it meant then also being able to see the emotion from the players after was unreal.

“You could see how much it meant to everyone at the club and I’m incredibly grateful that I was able to be part of the day.”

Her work at the match included an interview with Notts County player Adam Chicksen; an interview which became a feature piece in the programme for the final.

Abbie's interview with Notts County's Adam Chicksen

“The interview in itself was a goal I was thrilled to achieve,” Abbie said, “but then to be credited and put in the programme was also something else.

“It’s all very surreal and something I’m really grateful for and happy I was a part of in such an incredible season for the league. It was just surreal to have that chance and opportunity especially with the match it was.”

Abbie also spoke about her time so far at university, saying: “I am really enjoying UCFB.

“The opportunity with the National League, Wembley, the friends I have made, opportunities and the help/guidance from some of the lecturers. It was definitely the right place for me to allow me to have new opportunities and network.”

During her time at UCFB, Abbie has also written for VAVEL, and attended training sessions and press conferences at Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Real Madrid through the placement opportunities available at UCFB.

She said: “Take any and every opportunity you can get early on. Try out stuff you didn’t originally plan to - written journalism wasn’t my original plan but I am really loving it.

“You just never know what’s going to come from experiences and you might really end up loving it.”

To find out more about the sports media-related undergraduate degree courses on offer at UCFB, click here.