School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Executive education

Career goals

Designed for registered and prospective sports agents

Alumni discount

20% off tuition fees for Loughborough University alumni

Learn from the best

Ranked 1st in the world for sports-related subjects QS World University Rankings 2017 and 2018

A great location

Taught on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Professional Certificate Programme for Sports Agents

Loughborough University's new Professional Certificate Programme for Sports Agents is designed to meet the need for a comprehensive industry qualification that covers sports law, governance and business practices - drawing on Loughborough's unique connections to the world of sport.

By maintaining high standards within the profession, existing problems associated with poor practice will be addressed – protecting and enhancing the positive image of the game and its professionals.

This unique programme – endorsed by the UK Association of Football Agents – is ideal for registered sports agents and anyone wishing to move into this sector.

It will provide you with the breadth of knowledge and capabilities required to operate lawfully – and in a principled manner – within the player and transfer markets.

Combining lectures and seminars, the programme makes use of practical activities and discussions to support and embed learning. 

The broad course content and wide-ranging expertise of our programme team makes Loughborough University's Professional Certificate Programme for Sports Agents suitable for agents (or aspiring agents) working across sports.

Programme details

10 week programme

There are two cohorts per year, each running for 10 weeks and delivered at Loughborough London campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London on Thursday evenings at 6:30-9:00pm.

Autumn cohort: 3rd October - 5th December 2019

Winter cohort: 30th January - 2nd April 2020

Weekend programme

This cohort will be delivered over 2½ weekends at Loughborough University in Loughborough on:

1st & 2nd February 2020

29th & 1st March 2020

4th April 2020

The same programme content will be covered as the ten-week programme with lunch provided on all teaching days and dinner with networking opportunities on Saturday evenings on 5th October and 2nd November.

Each session will begin with a tutor-led theory session followed by hands-on case study activities.

The course will focus on the three core pillars of the agency profession and market:

Regulatory frameworks

You will study the legal frameworks governing agents in different sports and how to comply with them.

Contemporary legal issues

You will explore a range of issues – including player representation, dealing with minors, financial crime and corruption, betting and match-fixing – and how to deal with them.

Business practices

You will investigate the practicalities of being an agent including transfer negotiations, approaching clubs, and expanding your network.

Programme content

The programme covers the following topics:

  • Session 1: Becoming an Agent: Regulations and Registration
  • Session 2: Contracts: Representation and Employment Contracts 
  • Session 3: Contracts: Employment Contracts and Commercial Contracts
  • Session 4: Complying with Regulations: Representing Minors
  • Session 5: Complying with Regulations: Corruption and the Agent Market
  • Session 6: Talent ID: Working with Talent
  • Session 7: Dispute Resolution in Sport
  • Session 8: Managing Athletes' Parents
  • Session 9: Negotiating Transfers
  • Session 10: How to Succeed in the Agent Market

The benefits of completing this programme

Ideal for existing registered and prospective sports agents, the programme will help you to:

  • transition into the agency market
  • gain a holistic understanding of being an agent
  • develop and improve your understanding of the regulations applicable to you
  • advance your professional skills

There are no formal academic prerequisites for the programme, however some business experience and numerical proficiency are recommended.

This course is accredited by CPD UK and is worth 25 CPD points. 

Programme team

Known for our outstanding contribution to the world of sport for over 60 years, Loughborough University's unique sporting environment brings together exceptional athletes, facilities, coaching and research expertise with extensive partnerships with major sports organisations. As a student on the Professional Certicate Programme for Sports Agents you will benefit directly from the expertise and sports industry connections that only Loughborough can offer.

The programme team is composed of some of the most experienced and prominent legal practitioners and serving professionals within the sport industry alongside the academic team of Loughborough University.



Your studies will benefit from the industry insights of a wide range of experts. Practitioners who have been involved in the programme teaching team include:

Apply today

To kick-start your career as a sport agent or take your professional skills to the next level, please register your interest by completing and submitting the online form.

No payment is required until you have been accepted on to the programme.

Fee information

The cost of the course includes 10 modules studied over 10 weeks at Loughborough University London.

10 week programme

Full Price


AFA Members


Loughborough University Alumni



Weekend programme


The cost of the course includes ten modules studied over 2½ weekends at Loughborough University in Loughborough, Leicestershire.


Introductory price


Full Price


AFA Members


Loughborough University Alumni