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By Royal appointment

Lancashire’s innovative higher education institution UCFB (University College of Football Business) has been given the royal seal of approval after Her Majesty the Queen stopped by for lunch.

The Queen and Prince Philip visited UCFB during their tour of Turf Moor and Burnley Football Club as part of the Jubilee Celebrations.

The Queen toured the unique facilities, including a lecture theatre that overlooks the Turf Moor pitch, and had lunch with local VIPs and dignitaries, as well as Burnley FC and UCFB staff and Student Union president Jake Harrison.

The Queen was served a lunch of locally sourced ingredients including game terrine, lamb and a specially created cake commissioned for the visit.

Her Majesty also unveiled a plaque marking the first anniversary of UCFB.

Philip Wilson, provost and chief executive of UCFB, said: “The visit was a very proud moment for all at UCFB and it was fantastic to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip and to show them around our facilities.”

Great recognition for Burnley FC

He added: “To see the Queen unveil a plaque dedicated to our institution is certainly something special to us all and we’ll remember this day for a long time to come.

“We’ve not yet been open a year but we’ve welcomed so many illustrious visitors, including Prince Charles, which is great recognition for the ground-breaking institution that we have here and the unique way in which Burnley FC is using its wonderful stadium.

“We are honoured that UCFB was the focal point of The Queen’s visit to Burnley,” he commented.

Jake Harrison, a student at UCFB, said: “My first year at UCFB has included so many highlights, but to have lunch with the Queen tops the lot.

“The atmosphere was incredible, it is a real accolade for UCFB to be included as part of Her Majesty’s Jubilee tour.”

UCFB opened in September 2011 and offers BA (Hons) degrees in football business and finance, football business and marketing and football business and media.

It currently has 60 students and is capping its 2012 intake at 200.

By Graham Daydy 

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