UCFB have announced a multi-year partnership with USL League Two to become the official education partner of the league.

A number of UCFB students will head to the United States this summer to assist a range of USL League Two clubs in areas including marketing, media, coaching and events.

“Everyone at UCFB is delighted to have formed such a prestigious partnership with the USL,” UCFB’s Head of Employability & Enrichment Neil Silver said. “There can be no better opportunity for a student who has aspirations to work in the world of sport, and particularly soccer, than to carry out a three-month work placement with a USL club, bringing the skills they have learned on their degree program and contributing to the everyday running of the club.

“Not only will this bring huge added benefits to a student’s CV, but we are confident that UCFB’s talented students can make a highly valuable contribution to the club they are working with. We are very excited to be working with the USL and we look forward to this partnership blossoming.”

The partnership is an important milestone for UCFB and builds on existing partnerships with other globally recognised football industry leaders including The Football Association, League Managers Association, The National League and the Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea, each of which provides its own unique opportunities to students.

Chris Madden, Director of Competition & Development at USL League Two said: “We are excited to expand the deck of things that we offer our clubs for being a part of our league. This is something that no other league at this level can offer, with high-quality staff members coming over to assist small staffs in our local communities.”

The developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure, USL League Two features 72 teams within four conferences that serve their communities throughout the United States and Canada. USL League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professional players, coaches and executive members since its inception in 1995. A number of League Two members are owned and operated by a professional club, or are currently partnered with a professional club. League Two provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to grasp a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility.