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From 18th-27th January 2020, on campus and online students, as well as alumni, will be able to attend UCFB’s Global Sports Summit at the MCG. The summit is based around ten days of specially tailored talks, workshops 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.

UCFB’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
  • T20 Big Bash Cricket @ MCG: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers;
  • Grand Slam Tennis: @ Melbourne Park: Australian Open;
  • A-League Football @ AAMI Park: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC;
  • 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:

  • Head of Commercial Partnerships at Melbourne Cricket Club;
  • General Manager - Facilities at Melbourne Cricket Club.

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

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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.

What’s not included?

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

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, who have the full details of the Melbourne Sports Summit and will be able to assist you with your flights. Please contact 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. However as a brief guide, the times and dates of the Melbourne Sports Summit 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 UCFB Sports Summit comes to a close, and we check-out of our residences in Sydney.
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.

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.

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Frequently asked questions
What are UCFB’s Global Sports Summits?

UCFB’s global study hubs will each host one Global Sports Summit at each hub in the 2019/20 academic year, providing attendees with up to a week-long schedule of industry insight, professional development and networking opportunities. They will feature guests from renowned sporting organisations, locally tailored to each global study 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.

Click here to view the UCFB Global Sports Summit calendar for the 2019/20 academic year.

How much does it cost to go to a UCFB Global Sports Summit?

The cost of each UCFB Global Sports Summit will be free to all UCFB students and alumni, however all attendees will be responsible for paying travel, accommodation and sustenance. UCFB is partnering with travel and accommodation providers to try to make Global Sports Summits as affordable as possible for students and alumni.

Whilst firm dates are not yet confirmed for each 2020 UCFB Global Sports Summit, the indicative cost for travel from the UK to any of our global study hubs and accommodation would be £800-£1,500. Students and alumni will be contacted via email and social media as soon as confirmed dates and travel package options are released later this summer.

To ensure that you are on our global study hubs mailing list, express your interest here:

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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 UCFB 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 study hub partners. Additionally, if you are a current on-campus UCFB student, you may have the opportunity to be a Global Study Hub Ambassador, where UCFB will help subsidise your trip. More information on how to become a Global Study Hub ambassador will be made available very soon. The UCFB Global Insight Series will be launched in September 2019.

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

Yes! All current students and alumni will be able to attend a Global Sports Summit at a UCFB global study 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 UCFB’s global study hubs?

UCFB’s global study hubs will provide current students and alumni the opportunity to attend Global Sports Summits, based at some of the world’s leading stadiums. UCFB’s global study 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 UCFB global study hub at any time of the year?

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

Do I need a visa to travel to a UCFB global study hub, if I am not from that country?

Depending on your nationality and current residence, you may require a visa to visit one of UCFB’s global study hubs. To learn more about what visa you may need, please contact

What are the benefits of visiting a global study hub?

Visiting a Global Sports Summit at one of UCFB’s global study 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 study 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 UCFB global study hubs provide any other benefits?

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

  • Thought leadership from our global study 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.
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UCFB global study 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 UCFB’s global study hubs, enabling students and graduates to enhance their knowledge and expertise of the international sports industry.

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