THE home of football – England’s iconic Wembley Stadium – is to be the new second base for Burnley’s UCFB University College of Football Business.
The exciting news was announced in a press conference on Tuesday at Wembley where the college will open its second campus in September 2014.
Opened at Turf Moor in 2011, it is the world’s only higher education institution devoted to the study of the business aspects of football – today a global multi-billion pound industry.
Burnley Football Club co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz said the move would further the club’s goal of becoming a global brand.
He said: “Burnley will have 330 students over three years, and it is a very good way of promoting the club, putting us on the global map.
“We are hoping to achieve a status to enable foreign students to come over, bringing a lot of revenue into the town, and Wembley predict there will be £5m. going into the local economy. UCFB use Turf Moor for 300 days a year.”
UCFB Wembley, as it will be known, will have around 1,500 students within five years and will offer degrees relating to football and sports administration and business through Buckinghamshire New University.
It will occupy 60,000sqft. of space on the first four floors of the stadium consisting of four lecture theatres, 16 seminar rooms, a large refectory, library and media suite. Lecture theatres and tutorial rooms will overlook the pitch and UCFB will have its own dedicated entrance. Several millions of pounds will be invested ahead of the opening.
UCFB Wembley will be a partnership venture for an initial 12 months between UCFB and Wembley National Stadium Ltd, a subsidiary of the FA.
Philip Wilson, provost and chief executive of UCFB, said: “Our institution has attracted professional and student interest from across the world and it was always apparent that from our relatively small beginnings at Turf Moor, we would quickly develop. Wembley Stadium is the natural, and in some respects only, choice for expansion. It is a global brand and the spiritual home of the global game.”