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UCFB launches fund that will see 25 students study football and sports degrees for free

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Degrees on offer are worth more than £1.25m

Twenty-five students are set to receive a once in a lifetime opportunity to study a degree for FREE at the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB).

Recipients of ‘The Next 25’ fund – launched in partnership with Kick It Out and worth than £1.25 million – will go on to complete degrees at either UCFB’s Etihad Campus in Manchester or UCFB’s Wembley Campus in London.

UCFB’s Chief Marketing Officer Sharona Friedman said ‘The Next 25’ fund will give recipients full tuition fee scholarships – worth up to £54,000 – on an undergraduate or postgraduate university degree.

She said: “UCFB is committed to inclusion and diversity within the football industry at all levels, so we’re delighted to be able to partner with Kick It Out to offer this incredible scholarship opportunity.

“The recipients of this award will not only receive a first-class education to begin their career in the football industry, but the opportunity to represent Kick It Out and UCFB around the country is truly a one-off experience that shouldn’t be missed.”

Approximately 2,000 students currently study across UCFB’s bases with the iconic Etihad and Wembley stadiums at their heart. And 92% of UCFB graduates are in employment or further education within six months – with almost two-thirds working in sport.

Recipients of the ‘The Next 25’ scholarship will become official ambassadors for Kick It Out across the football industry and act as peer educators on behalf of Kick It Out.

Roisin Wood, Chief Executive of Kick It Out, said applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding and passion for diversity and inclusivity.

She said: “Kick It Out and UCFB are dedicated to educating the leaders of tomorrow in the importance of diversity and a level playing field at all levels and in all sectors of the game. This unique scholarship, which covers 100% of tuition fees, is the perfect way to promote inclusion and help spread the word on diversity in football.”