UCFB offers a number of unique scholarship opportunities to students of all abilities across a number of disciplines, with scholarships available based on academic and sporting achievements, as well as social mobility, among other categories.

Sam Titterington, a BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development student at UCFB Etihad Campus, was awarded the Dr. Brian Barwick Scholarship. Here, he tells us about how the award has helped him, and shares his highlights from his time at UCFB so far.

The UCFB Etihad Campus Futsal team

How has the scholarship helped you so far in your BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development programme?

The scholarship has enabled me to apply for the UEFA A License with the Irish Football Association in Northern Ireland. The license is quite expensive and I would have not been able to consider applying without the coach education fund I gained through the scholarship.

What made you decide to come to UCFB and apply for the scholarship?

I made the decision to come to UCFB based on the opportunities for networking with other coaches within the institution, along with the opportunities in the area in which UCFB is situated for employment in the football industry. During the Open Days the high level of the lecturers really came across clearly and from then I knew it would be a good environment to learn in.

How has your time at UCFB been so far?

My time at UCFB so far has been great, right down to the insight from the coaches and lecturers on my degree programme. The amount of different views and opinions on the game has developed me as a coach, and the opportunities for employment have also been brilliant.

What aspects of UCFB have you enjoyed most?

The coaching industry specific guest speakers that have come into lectures and presented practical sessions, from clubs such as Manchester United and Manchester City, have been really great.

What kind of work experiences, or extra qualifications, have you undertaken at UCFB so far?

I have recently started the role of football content support assistant at The Coaching Manual along with coaching roles at the Manchester United Foundation, Hale United and the UCFB men's futsal team.

Do you have any advice for students looking to come to UCFB, in particular those thinking of applying for a scholarship?

The advice I would give to them would be that UCFB provides all the tools to be able to succeed in the sports industry through industry specific opportunities, guest speakers and good lecturers. However, your success is down to what you decide to make of it.