A UCFB football business student has been speaking to us about the excitement he has after joining the commercial department of a National League club.

James Wright, who is going into his Second Year as a BA (Hons) Football Business and Finance student at UCFB Wembley, has started a placement as commercial assistant at Dagenham & Redbridge FC.

James found the opportunity on UCFB’s JobTeaser, and after a process of an interview and a trial, he has been welcomed onto the Daggers’ team.

James’ role at Dagenham & Redbridge includes bringing in potential new sponsors and partners for the club, as well as maintaining a good relationship with current sponsors and partners on non-matchdays.

On matchdays, his role is to look after guests in hospitality as well as sorting out seats, tables and boxes around Victoria Road.

James went on to say how excited he is to have this position alongside his studies at UCFB, and how crucial the experience could be for him moving forward in his career.

He said: “I’m very excited to pursue this role because it has given me the opportunity to work in football which I’m very thankful for.

“The role works perfectly with my course, meaning the skills and knowledge from my course can be transferable to my role, helping me bring in new potential revenue for the club.”

When asked about his studies and time at university so far, he said: “I love studying at UCFB. Having the opportunity to study at Wembley is a very unique experience. I’ve learnt a lot from my first year, I’m looking forward to year two.”

He finished: “You need to be patient. By being patient it will allow you time to assess what job roles are out there, meaning you can understand what you may like to pursue.

“Secondly, the sports industry is very competitive, so never give up and always look to grow your network and connections.”

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