University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) is delighted to announce a partnership with the Professional Football Scouts Association (PFSA) which will give UCFB’s sports degree students the opportunity to access their portfolio of leading online learning courses around the demands of scouting and talent identification.

The agreement will provide students at UCFB’s campuses in London and Manchester, which have the iconic Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart, the opportunity to learn, develop and access key knowledge of these skills and enable them to gain understanding and experiences within player identification and opposition scouting.

The PFSA are the leading industry organisation in providing scouting and talent ID courses, with the courses supported and endorsed throughout the football industry. The PFSA not only provide knowledge and learning towards these roles, but also support collaboration for learners to access scouting, opposition and individual reporting opportunities with male and female teams in the UK game, as well as at clubs in the MLS and Australia.

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PFSA previously offered all UCFB coaching students free access to a number of their programmes during the initial COVID-19 lockdown in April 2020 to allow students the chance to learn from home in areas of scouting, analysis and talent identification and gain extra qualifications on top of their UCFB degree.

UCFB’s Academy Head Coach, Kevin Braybook, commented: “In order to support our students gathering industry experience and qualifications with the ambition to access football employment, it is critical to connect with leading organisations that align to our principles and values. The many students and staff that have benefitted from the PFSA courses justifies why we want to work closely and explore future opportunities.

“Our students have been able to access current game developments, trends and methodology around scouting whilst achieving a recognised qualification, which meets the demands of the industry and is the direction many of our students want to follow.”

Darren Smith, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management programme added: “PFSA has been a great learning platform tool over the last 15 months and supporting our coaching students during the pandemic, ensuring that even though going through lockdown they were able to learn additional industry standard skills which will help their future career paths. Now with the PFSA becoming an official partner, it will not only enrich our student offer, but also help develop degree modules around recruiting and scouting within the football industry.”