Photograph by Simon Kimber

Nuneaton Borough have begun working with National League partners, University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) in providing work placement opportunities. Students based at both UCFB campuses, in London and Manchester, are encouraged to apply practical and theoretical skills learned in class and build up contacts and connections within the industry through work experience.

The partnership between UCFB and the National League has provided unique work placements and employability opportunities for students across the country. Sam Bettany is one of many UCFB students who will be working with National League sides this summer, and is looking forward to contributing towards the media output of the Boro during pre-season.

“It is a great opportunity for myself to gain some valuable experience at a football club like Nuneaton Borough. I am looking to have a positive impact on the club during a busy and exciting period leading up to the 2018/19 season. With Boro being my local National League club, there is an extra incentive to work hard and push the club’s media content forward. A big thanks to Elena and Adam for providing the opportunity as a result of the partnership between UCFB and The National League.”

Providing the connection was UCFB Industry Partner Liaison Elena Longshaw. A former UCFB student herself, Elena’s role involves working closely with current students to find suitable work experience opportunities across many sports clubs and organisations.

“We actively encourage our students to gain practical experience during their three years with us, and we’re delighted that Sam has secured a role at Nuneaton Borough, through our partnership with the National League. We hope he finds his time at the club beneficial and will gain some invaluable experience whilst driving the club’s media department forwards!”

Assistant Secretary of Nuneaton Borough, Adam Etheridge, reflects on his own experiences breaking into the industry and providing opportunities for those looking to acquire experience in the industry.

“Football is an incredibly competitive marketplace and opportunities can be scarce. I started out as a volunteer and that experience stood me in good stead to transition in to a full-time job, so I’m only too happy to help others get a foothold as they start their careers. Sam’s a bright young man and shows great work ethic, we’re delighted to have him on board and feel that he will help improve the output of the club in what will be a busy summer for us.”

With the industry both highly competitive and highly rewarding, it is valuable that students can take up opportunities with the likes of The National League to help land full-time employment in the industry at the end of their studies.