On campus and online students, as well as alumni, will be able to attend GIS’s Global Sports Summit in Australia, primarily based at the MCG but also with time in Sydney. The summit is based around ten days of specially tailored talks, workshops, exclusive networking opportunities and visits specific to the Australian sports industry.

If Melbourne is the home of that industry, then the MCG is the heart of it. This iconic venue is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere, boasting a capacity of over 100,000 people. It’s a stadium rich in history and is the scene of some of Australian sport's most memorable moments.

GIS’s Global Sports Summit at the MCG will also include time in Sydney to allow students access to two iconic Australian cities.

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What will the Summit include?

  • Enhance your knowledge of the Australian sports industry from professionals working at some of the biggest organisations Down Under;
  • Understand and see first-hand how sport operates in one of the biggest and most successful markets in the world;
  • Network with industry decision-makers and enhance your employment opportunities in the Australian sports industry;
  • Experience incredible live sport at some of the world's best stadiums and arenas.
Confirmed experiences
Live sport experiences

Experiencing live sport will form a key part of the Summit. Our schedule of live sports will be as follows:

  • Saturday January 18th: T20 Big Bash Cricket @ MCG – Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers
  • Wednesday January 22nd: Grand Slam Tennis @ Melbourne Park – Australian Open
  • Friday January 24th: A-League Football @ AAMI Park – Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
  • Saturday January 25th: T20 Big Bash Cricket @ SCG: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades
Organisations attending
  • ­NGBs;
  • Elite sports teams and franchises;
  • Stadium and venue staff;
  • Sports club owners and management groups;
  • Major sponsors of sports teams;
  • Sports agencies;
  • Sports media and broadcasters;
  • Former and current players, managers and coaches.
Guest speakers

The first confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Jennifer Watt – General Manager - Commercial Operations and Partnerships
  • Josh Eltringham - General Manager Venue & Event Services - Venue and Event Services
  • Peter Wearne – General Manager – Facilities

More names and roles will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Behind the scenes access
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG);
  • Australian Open Tennis;
  • Melbourne Victory FC;
  • Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
City experiences

A number of optional city experiences will be arranged as part of the trip to showcase the best that Melbourne and Sydney have to offer.

Networking opportunities

Networking with key players in the sports industry will form a central part of the Melbourne Sports Summit. There will be a myriad of opportunities to meet with senior leaders and decision makers from major sports organisations, providing an excellent chance for attendees to build connections and build their personal brand whilst learning about the local sports market.

Travel & accommodation

Accommodation for this opportunity will be booked by UCFB, and students will be required to pay the full amount to confirm their place at the summit. Travel is to be booked independently by students.

Booking details

To book your place on the Melbourne Sports Summit:

  • Click the Book Now button above – you will be taken to a booking form;
  • Complete the booking form with your details and click submit – you will be taken to the UCFB Online Shop;
  • Make your payment to UCFB.

Please note: once a payment has been made to UCFB to book your place, your rights as a traveller are subject to the terms and conditions of our accommodation partner, and not UCFB. UCFB will be passing all payments on to our accommodation partner and as such will not be holding the payments of students. Please click here to view the booking terms and conditions.

What is included in the fee I pay to UCFB?
  • Accommodation;
  • Entry to 2 x T20 Big Bash cricket matches and the Australian Open Tennis.

What’s not included?

  • Flights;
  • Food and drink;
  • General spending money;
  • Optional group city activities;
  • Optional live sport experiences.

The UCFB travelling group will be staying in student halls of residence in both Melbourne and Sydney. Rooms are one per person and are both conveniently located close to our summit activities and top city attractions.

How much do I pay to book my place at the Summit?

A payment of £330 is required per attendee. Booking will close at 5pm on Friday 18th October, however UCFB reserves the right to close booking early once capacity has been filled. Please note that spaces on the summit are limited and will be granted on a first-paid basis.

Travel & logistics

Attendees are to book their own travel to and from the Melbourne Sports Summit. This will allow students and alumni maximum flexibility with their travel plans. UCFB will hold no responsibility over the travel plans of any of the Summit attendees. After booking your accommodation through UCFB and booking your travel plans, UCFB will request the details of your flights.

UCFB recommends booking your travel plans through our approved travel partner www.fairway-travel.co.uk, who have the full details of the Melbourne Sports Summit and will be able to assist you with your flights. Please contact emma@fairway-travel.co.uk if you wish to do so.

Once in Melbourne, attendees will be provided with travel passes by UCFB. Links between the airport, the MCG and our accommodation are direct and easily travelled, and the city itself is extremely easy to navigate around during free time.

Flight details

Please do not book your travel plans before booking your place on the Summit with UCFB. It is the responsibility of every attendee to ensure that their travel plans are suitable to attend every session and activity of the Summit. We will be happy to assist you with your travel plans once you have booked your place on the Summit and will provide you with detailed guidance on how to be at the right place at the right time. You are free to arrive in Australia as early as you like, for example you may wish to book return flights to Sydney earlier in January and then join the GIS Summit in Melbourne on 18th January.

However, as a brief guide, please see the information below to give you an idea of what will be needed:

Three flights are required to attend the Summit:

  • Inbound to Melbourne
  • Melbourne – Sydney (25th January)
  • Outbound of Sydney

Attendees are welcome to arrive in Melbourne before the first day of the summit and stay in Sydney after the end of the summit if they wish, however the timings and plans for the Summit dates are as follows:

  • Saturday 18th January - Day 1 of the Melbourne Sports Summit. Arrival required in Melbourne by 12pm midday. Early check-in will be available at our residences near the MCG for those arriving earlier. The first meeting will be at approximately 2.30pm local time at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, prior to the T20 cricket match taking place there that afternoon. UCFB staff will be on hand to assist with arrivals.
  • Saturday 25th January - Transfer from Melbourne to Sydney. Arrival in Sydney required by 11.30am. This is a 1hr 30m flight from Melbourne. Early check-in will be available at our residences in Sydney, and UCFB staff will be on hand to assist with arrivals. Our first meeting on this day in Sydney will be at approximately 2pm at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Monday 27th January - The GIS Sports Summit comes to a close, and we check-out of our residences in Sydney. There will be no activities on this day so you are free to leave at any time
Estimated costs

If travelling from and back to the UK, flights to match the itinerary of the Melbourne Sports Summit (i.e. UK – Melbourne, Melbourne – Sydney, Sydney – UK) are currently around £900 in total.

As you would be flying back from a different city, we recommend booking through our travel partner, www.fairway-travel.co.uk. Alternatively, you can select ‘Multi-city’ within Skyscanner

Register for a Global Taster Session

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Discover Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and sits on the banks of the Yarra River. The city as we know it now was fuelled following the Second World War, with multiculturalism and an active arts scene helping to grow tourism to what it is today. The city is regularly listed as one of the best cities in the world to live in.

Your guide to Melbourne
A brief history

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and sits on the banks of the Yarra River. It’s widely regarded as the world’s leading sporting city due to its high concentration of state-of-the-art facilities and the number of annual international events held there. Its population really expanded in the 1850s during the ‘gold rush’, with a number of immigrants arriving in the city. This saw the city boom, with the building of schools, galleries, churches and now-heritage buildings. Melbourne as we know it now was fuelled following the Second World War, with multiculturalism and an active arts scene helping to grow tourism to what it is today. The city is regularly listed as one of the best cities in the world to live in.

Things to do

Locals will tell you that Melbourne is the culture capital of Australia, with museums and sites to match many of the greatest cities in the world. Federation Square is the place to hang out to celebrate a big win for the Baggy Greens or just take in the sights and the sounds of the city; the Royal Exhibition Building, situated in Carlton Gardens and given Unesco World Heritage Status, harks back to 19th century Melbourne; and Chapel Street is renowned for people’s ability to spend money and shop. Melbourne street art is also recognised around the world, with the city council designating certain areas for artists to showcase their work, and St Kilda is home to Melbourne’s most unusual residents – penguins!

Sport in Melbourne

Sport in Melbourne is a religion. From AFL to cricket, and rugby to tennis, this sports-mad city caters for it all, and at the centre of it is the sports precinct. As well as the Rod Laver Arena and being home to the annual Australian Open, the centre-piece of the precinct is the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Click here for more information on sport in Melbourne.

Food & drink

There’s coffee, and then there’s Melbourne coffee. Locals take their espresso very seriously, with the city regularly listed as one of the go to places in the world to get your caffeine hit. Seven Seeds Coffee Roasters is popular among young professionals and is the brainchild of Melbourne coffee royalty, Mark Dundon. Aussies love their meat pies, so once you’ve decided what filling you’d like from the cabinet at Pure Pies (as recommended by the Herald Sun), the only question you’re left to answer is would you like sauce or not? For those who like their dining fine, Attica is a regular in the best restaurant guides for all of Australia, not just Melbourne

Discover Sydney

Your guide to Sydney
Things to do

With a population of nearly five million people, Sydney is one of the most recognisable cities in the world. Drenched in sunshine, the arching Harbour Bridge and famed Sydney Opera House are truly iconic and the perfect spot for an Instagram snap. Go surfing at Bondi Beach, explore the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens and take the ferry to the suburb of Manly and take part in numerous water sport activities.

Sport in Sydney

Melbourne might be the capital of Australian sport, but Sydney runs it pretty close. As home to a number of elite venues and organisations, Sydney is a brilliant city for sports lovers to explore. As well as the 83,000 ANZ Stadium which plays home to many of the city’s NRL sides, the simply iconic Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the most picturesque and historic stadiums in world sport. The SCG still retains two green-roofed Victorian-era pavilions and plays host to a test match each January. The capital of NSW is also home to two AFL sides, GWS Giant and the Sydney Swans, proving Aussie Rules isn’t just a Victoria thing. Sydney can also claim to be the home of Australian soccer – Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers play out one of the fiercest rivalries in the A League.

Food & drink

Sydney is famed for its beautiful harbour so it makes absolute sense to have at least one meal or drink by the water. You’re spoilt for choice so we advise just wandering and falling into somewhere that takes your fancy. Much like its Victoria cousin, Sydney has a bustling café and coffee culture. So whether it’s a flat white or chai latte, your caffeine fix is sorted. Try Paramount Coffee Project who specialise in showcasing new roasters from around the world. Aussies love a pie, so why not head to Harry’s Café de Wheels for an abundance of choice – after all, it’s good enough for Russell Crowe! For those who like to head out of an evening and enjoy a schooner of beer (two-thirds of a pint for the uninitiated) we recommend heading to Opera Bar for the stunning views; 360 Bar at the top of Sydney Tower; and The Australian, a hotel bar with over 120 Aussie craft beers on offer.

My experience was amazing! The people I met, the guest speakers heard from and shook hands with. The wisdom they shared and the amazing city we explored during the day and during the night

David ClackBA (Hons) Football Coaching and Management
Frequently asked questions
What are GIS's Global Sports Summits?

GIS’s global hubs will each host one Global Sports Summit at each hub in the 2019/20 academic year, providing attendees with providing attendees with a packed schedule of industry insight, professional development and networking opportunities. They will feature guests from renowned sporting organisations, locally tailored to each global hub, allowing attendees to learn best practice and understand how sport is managed within each country. Each Global Sports Summit will provide guests grouped into three categories: from the boardroom, from the industry and from the pitch, allowing students and alumni the opportunity to truly understand all aspects of sport.

I want to visit a Global Hub but can’t afford to pay for travel and accommodation. What options do I have?

UCFB believes strongly in the benefits of students and alumni attending GIS Global Sports Summit, however we recognise that this comes at a cost to the individual. As a result, we have developed UCFB’s Global Insight Series, a portal of content regularly updated, featuring thought leadership, Q&As and career advice from UK campus guest speakers as well as from all of our global hub partners.

I’m an online student, can I still visit a GIS global hub?

Yes! All current students and alumni will be able to attend a Global Sports Summit at a GIS global hub.

Can you attend a Global Sports Summit if you are not a current UCFB student or alumnus?

No. Places are only available for current UCFB students studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level, as well as all UCFB alumni.

Can I attend more than one Global Sports Summit?

Yes! Places are limited at every Summit, however there is nothing stopping you applying to attend more than one event.

What are GIS’s global hubs?

GIS’s global hubs will provide current students and alumni the opportunity to attend Global Sports Summits, based at some of the world’s leading stadiums. GIS’s global hubs are based at New York's Red Bull Arena, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Toronto FC's BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

UCFB has exclusive partnerships with these stadiums, providing a unique global network for students and alumni.

Can I visit a GIS global hub at any time of the year?

Currently GIS’s global hubs will only be accessible during each Global Sports Summit. In time, UCFB may look to increase accessibility through more educational events.

What are the benefits of visiting a global hub?

Visiting a Global Sports Summit at one of GIS’s global hubs will allow you to grasp a true understanding of how different sports are managed around the world by hearing first-hand from leading sports organisations, which will be locally tailored to each global hub location.

In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to further develop professional skills and gain a cultural awareness of another part of the world. International educational experiences have been shown to boost student prospects across a variety of areas, particularly:

  • Increased average earnings;
  • Increased employment rate;
  • Increased overall grades.
Do GIS's global hubs provide any other benefits?

In addition to all benefits listed for those visiting a GIS global hub, there is still a host of benefits that will arise from UCFB’s international expansion, including:

  • Thought leadership from our global hub partners, accessible through UCFB’s Global Insight Series and the content hub of the UCFB website;
  • Increased work experience and employment opportunities for current students and alumni, through increased international employer engagement;
  • A more global alumni network.
How will we get from the accommodation to the MCG each day?

Travelling between our Melbourne accommodation and the MCG is very straightforward. There are regular direct trains departing from near our accommodation, which will drop us right at the edge of Yarra Park where the MCG is located. The train journey is direct – it takes just 7 minutes and passes through 3 stops. The MCG stadium itself is a 10 minute walk from the station. Complimentary travel passes will be provided to all attendees on Day 1 of the Summit.

I’ve registered my details on the booking form but not made my payment for accommodation on the UCFB Online Shop. Is my place booked on the trip?

To book your place on the Summit you need to pay for your accommodation via the UCFB Online Shop. You have until 18th October to do this. Please do so via this link: https://online.ucfb.com/

Can I book my travel through UCFB for the Melbourne Sports Summit?

To allow students and alumni maximum flexibility, Summit attendees must book all travel arrangements independently. Logistical information regarding the Summit is provided on the Melbourne Summit information page, however if further information is required please contact melbourne@ucfb.com and our team will be happy to help you with your travel plans.

Is there an approved travel agent that you recommend I use to book my travel to the Summit?

UCFB works closely with Fairway Travel, who have years of travel expertise. Their team know all the travel requirements for the Melbourne Sports Summit and will be more than happy to help you book. Please contact Emma Coates at emma@fairway-travel.co.uk to find out more.

Can I book my own accommodation for the Summit?

Accommodation for this opportunity will solely be booked by UCFB, and to book your place at the Summit you must book accommodation through UCFB. All attendees will be staying in the same building together for the duration of the Summit, and all attendees will have their own private rooms. We have worked closely with universities in Australia to provide a good standard of accommodation for the trip that is conveniently located to the Summit, whilst also being very competitive financially.

Can I arrive a few days before the Summit / leave a few days after the Summit to explore Australia?

Attendees are free to make their own travel arrangements as they see fit, however are reminded that for the duration of the Summit (Jan 18th-27th), their accommodation is fixed as per the Summit schedule. For more details on this, please visit the Melbourne Summit information page.

Do I have to attend every day of the Summit, or can I pick and choose which days and which activities to attend?

Attendees are expected to attend all sessions as part of the Summit. Whilst the Summit is ongoing, the focus of all UCFB and local staff will be on providing an excellent experience for those in attendance.

Will there be free time included in the schedule for me to explore the cities?

Yes – we know that attendees will want time to themselves to explore the area at their own leisure and this will be scheduled into the Summit agenda.

Will the live sports games be free of charge?

Some live sports games will be free of charge – these will be core activities that form a part of the Summit. These include the 2 x T20 cricket matches and the Australian Open. Others will be optional and will be at the expense of the attendees. This includes the A-League football match at AAMI Park.

When will a full schedule become available for the Summit?

We are busy working with sports organisations and individuals in Australia to confirm the best possible experiences and speakers for the Summit. We will release details of speakers and experiences as they become confirmed in due course. A full and detailed schedule will be sent to all those travelling before we depart for Melbourne. As communicated, the Summit will contain a mix of guest speakers, learning opportunities, networking opportunities, live sport and behind the scenes access.

How much spending money will I need and what will I need money for whilst in Australia?

Attendees will need money for food, drink, city activities, and general spending. Both Melbourne and Sydney are vibrant cities with a huge variety of options, however spending budgets depend on the individual. Our accommodation in Melbourne and in Sydney both have kitchen facilities for those who’d prefer to cook their own food than eat out, which can be extremely helpful in reducing spending.

What will happen on day one of the Summit? How will I know where to go?

UCFB will have a team in place on the ground in Melbourne to assist with inbound Summit attendees. Once you have booked your place at the Summit and booked your travel, UCFB will request your travel plans so that we can assist you with logistics on Day one when you arrive.

Will I need a visa to go to the Summit? Who is responsible for arranging this?

It is likely that you will need a visa to visit Australia. Summit attendees are responsible for ensuring they can travel to Australia and to any countries in which they stop at as part of their journey to and from the Summit, along with any visa costs.

British nationals can obtain the following types of electronic visitor visa:

  • eVisitor visa direct from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection. There is no visa application charge or service fee for this.
  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) via your travel agent or airline. There is no visa application charge, but a service fee of A$20 applies.

Further information on this is available from the UK Government website – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/australia/entry-requirements.

Summit attendees have full responsibility their entry requirements. If you are an international student or alumni, please contact your relevant embassy or government website to check your travel permissions and any steps you need to take to gain access to Australia.

UCFB encourages all attendees to check their travel permissions and make their visa arrangements well in advance of the Summit in case of any visa processing delays.

Will I require travel insurance to attend the Melbourne Sports Summit?

Students will be covered by UCFB’s travel insurance for this trip. This covers basic insurance and does not include certain activities such as extreme sports. If you would like details of the travel insurance policy to confirm what is covered, please contact global@ucfb.com.

Will the dates of my January exams clash with the Melbourne Sports Summit?

UCFB has made every arrangement possible to ensure a clash does not occur between the January exams the Melbourne Sports Summit. The only course that may potentially clash with the Summit is the Sports Psychology course, as exam dates for this course will be coordinated with Bucks New University and dates are still being confirmed. If you are a Sports Psychology student and are interested in attending the Melbourne Summit, then please contact global@ucfb.com to discuss further.

GIS global hubs

New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) play host to the Global Institute of Sport hubs, enabling students and graduates to enhance their knowledge and expertise of the international sports industry.

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