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Declan on his time at UCFB and with the Scottish FA

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UCFB is a world first in sports education, offering university degrees in the football, sports and events industries. Students are taught in world-class campuses in London and Manchester, which have the iconic Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart.
We recently spoke with Scottish student Declan Jackson, a BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching student, who explained to us his highlights at UCFB, why he chose the institution and the benefits of working with the Scottish Football Association…
What aspects of your course do you enjoy the most?
The opportunity to learn in both a practical and theoretical sense, as it caters for how I prefer to learn. The guest speakers that are degree specific, such as [former Hull City manager] Mike Phelan, are also massive in terms of developing my appreciation for the craft of coaching.
What was it that made you choose UCFB?
I chose UCFB as it was something different, unique, and an opportunity to gain entry into a career I've wanted to pursue for a long time. I could have remained in Scotland, but this opportunity was too good to miss, in my eyes.
How have you found the Employment & Enrichment features during your time at UCFB?
The opportunity to become qualified in a variety of different capacities, such as STATS, match commentary and digital marketing is certainly a huge bonus on a CV, and can give you that little advantage when competing for jobs. The guest speakers not only broaden your mind, but can also assist with your coursework if you can pluck the right ideas from them.
What are your plans after UCFB?
After UCFB, I plan to pursue a role within an academy setup, while studying a part-time Masters degree. This will allow me to use my previous certification, while furthering my education.
You’ve undertaken work experience at the Scottish Football Association. What was the role, what did you learn from it and how did you find the experience?
With the SFA, I undertook the role of an elite performance scout, where there was the opportunity to view and assess some of the best young talent coming out of Scotland. In my case, I was in the north of England, travelling to the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton.
To find out more about UCFB, visit www.ucfb.com
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