FAQs

About the programme

Is the programme content theoretical or practical?

The programme content is comprehensive and very specific to the work of an agent. The content incorporates both theoretical (legal/regulatory/policy) and practical (representation/negotiation/business) underpinnings of what it means to be an agent in the world of sport.

The content is delivered over 10 sessions. Each session starts with the theoretical understanding of the area and combines practical elements (case studies, specimen documents, discussions, etc) to further develop the understanding of the topic.

Does the programme content differ between the weekly and weekend programme?

No. The same content is delivered by the programme team for both the weekly and weekend programme. The only difference is the format of delivery and location. The weekly programme is delivered over 10 weeks, every Thursday night at our campus in London. The weekend programme is delivered over three weekends at the Loughborough campus in the Midlands.

It is solely based on your preference and convenience of attendance as to which option you choose.

Does the programme offer networking opportunities?

Yes. Participants are able to network with each other and the members of the programme team. Additionally, we run events every year where all past and present delegates of the programme are invited, offering further opportunities to network.

Is the programme suitable for both existing and prospective agents?

Yes. The programme is suitable for both types of agents and our cohorts generally include existing and prospective agents.

Is the programme suitable for agents licensed and operating in other sports than football?

Yes. An extensive portion of the programme content, such as working with talent, negotiating contracts, developing your network and business, contracts (representation and endorsement contracts) and parents and athletes psychology, is relevant for any sport agent.

Regulatory aspects of the programme content are the only area more football-specific. Yet, this is also still relevant to agents in other sports disciplines due the comprehensive nature of football’s regulatory framework for agents and many other sports have adopted similar regulatory schemes (rugby, basketball, athletics, tennis).

Does the programme lead to a sports agent qualification?

While the programme itself does not lead to a sports agent qualifcation, the programme aims to prepare participants for the agent exams operated by governing bodies in different sports in order to obtain an agent license. The assessment of the programme is specifically designed to replicate the agent exams operated in different sports.

Is the programme CPD certified?

Yes, the programme is fully certified by CPD UK and worth 25 CPD points. Upon completion of the programme, your CPD certificate will be available to download and print from the e-learning platform.

Study

How much self study is required?

You are expected to undertake self study before and after each session in your own time. You will be able to study at your own pace by accessing the resources via the e-learning platform. 

The expected self study hours for the programme is a total of 75 hours which equates to 7.5 hours a week. 

What learning resources are provided?

Upon registration, each participant is provided with the programme handbook containing all resources including reading materials, case studies, specimen documents and rules and regulations covered during the sessions and throughout the programme.

The programme also has an e-learning platform. Each participant is provided with login details for the platform and all resources are electronically available via this platform.

Additionally, all sessions are recorded and can be accessed online after each session enabling participants to self-study. However, these resources are not a replacement for the value obtained from attendance in person at the sessions.

Your login details for the e-learning platform will remain active for 12 months from the date of registration allowing you to continue your self-study once the programme ends.

The key textbook for the programme which covers comprehensive chapters on each session is detailed below. It is optional as to whether you wish to purchase this textbook. A discount has been agreed with the publisher for all students on the programme, details of the discount and where to order will be sent to you upon registration to the programme. 

De Marco, N., (2018). Football and the Law. London: Bloomsbury Professional

What happens if I miss a session?

All sessions are recorded and you will be able to access the recordings via the e-learning platform after each session. You will not be entitled to a refund for any missed sessions.

Is there an assessment?

Yes. At the end of the programme there is an assessment which is based on multiple choice questions. The assessment is electronically provided via the programme’s e-learning platform and participants are required to complete this in order to receive their certificate.

Is there feedback provided on the assessment?

Yes, you are given individual feedback on the assessment and also provided with guidance notes for each question. 

Admission and registration

What is the process of admission into the programme?

There are two stages in the admission process: the application stage and the registration stage. Applicants submit an online application form which is reviewed by the programme director in order to check the suitability of the applicant for the programme. Once the decision to admit the applicant is made, the registration stage commences. The applicant is given notice of acceptance and provided with information on the next steps for registering onto the programme.

Do I need to submit my CV with the application form?

Yes. It is very important that your CV is submitted. It enables the programme director to assess your suitability for the programme. If your CV is missing, we will contact you to request it and, in some cases, we may additionally require personal statements.

What specific qualifications are required for acceptance onto the programme?

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

Do you accept applications from overseas?

Yes, however overseas applicants are responsible for their entry clearance to the UK and their accommodation. They must also ensure they will be in the UK for the duration of the programme. 

Programme fee

When do I pay the fees?

The full fee must be paid 4 weeks prior to the programme start date; a payment deadline will be sent with your acceptance email. Places are limited and will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Your registration is not confirmed without payment. To secure a place on the programme, a deposit of £300 can be made; please email sportagent@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

What type of payment methods do you accept?

Payment can be made with a debit/credit card via the Loughborough University online store, a link to the payment link will be emailed to you. If you are unable to pay via this method, please email sportagent@lboro.co.uk.

Can I pay by instalments?

Please email sportagent@lboro.ac.uk to discuss the option to pay the course fee via instalments. Please note the full fee is required to be paid prior to the start of the programme.

What is the cancellation policy if I am unable to attend?

Cancellation of the training course is subject to the following:

Less than 4 weeks’ notice before programme start date -  50% of the fee refundable

4-6 weeks' notice before programme start date – 80% of the fee refundable

More than 6 weeks' notice – full refund

Certain circumstances outside the delegates control can impact their ability to meet the terms of the booking. In rare instances, if Loughborough University determines that a delegate’s reason for cancellation falls within Loughborough University’s Extenuating Circumstances Policy, Loughborough University may override the cancellation policy

Please note it is not normal policy to allow a candidate to transfer registration from one cohort to the next cohort and the cancellation policy will apply unless under extenuating circumstances, all cases will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Please ensure all cancellations are made via email to sportsagent@lboro.ac.uk

What happens if I register for a course but there are not enough people enrolled to run the programme?

Please note, in order for this programme to run we require a minimum number of bookings. If this is not met, the programme may be cancelled or rescheduled in which case a full refund will be issued.