UCFB is delighted to announce it is offering a scholarship exclusively to postgraduate female students to support improving women’s representation across football as part of Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign.

The Women In The Game Scholarship will see one Masters student awarded up to £1,500 and exposed to professional expertise, mentoring and networking from UCFB, Women in Football and their partners. The aim of the scholarship is to help develop the student’s football industry knowledge and experience as well as enhancing their leadership and communication skills.

UCFB’s #WhatIf pledge is just one of many from organisations around the country committed to enhancing female opportunity within football.

Anielka Pieniazek, UCFB’s Scholarships and Bursaries Manager, commented: “Football has the potential to promote gender equality, challenge stereotypes and empower women and girls to follow their dreams and dare to be different. The Women In The Game Scholarship is one of the ways that UCFB is contributing to positive change in the industry.”

By offering the scholarship, UCFB will be providing practical support for female talent by instilling confidence, broadening knowledge about gender equality and inclusion and empowering students to realise their full potential in the football industry. The award will be used for tuition fees, additional training courses and travelling costs.

Graduation at UCFB Etihad Campus.

UCFB is proud to say that many of its female alumni are currently working at the highest levels of sport, including Premier League teams and governing bodies.

As well as their state-of-the-art campuses in London and Manchester, UCFB recently announced it will be opening global hubs at New York’s Red Bull Arena, the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Each will host a UCFB Global Summit, which will allow students to travel and attend a week-long series of talks and seminars from leading sports figures in each respective country.

Nick Wilkinson, UCFB’s Head of Global Student Recruitment, added: “UCFB is dedicated to providing equal opportunities for all of our students as they look to build their careers and make their way in to the football and sports industry. This award is perfect for female students who want to make a difference and pave the future for females working in sport, and we’re delighted to be supporting the ‘#WhatIf campaign.”

Jane Purdon, Chief Executive of Women in Football, said:  "This #WhatIf pledge from UCFB is the essence of the movement; it's one that aims to open up access to opportunities and resources for girls and women working in or looking to work in football.

"Whether that is by way of coaching, mentoring, providing work placements or, in the case of UCFB, offering an incredible opportunity in education, each and every pledge is providing support in its own unique way. By working collaboratively with organisations such as UCFB, we can all help make a difference and change the landscape for women working in football forever."

Click here for more information on UCFB’s Women In The Game Scholarship and to apply.