Issy Martin has been named as Loughborough University's new Women's Head Coach.

Loughborough University name Issy Martin as new Women’s Football Head Coach

Loughborough University has officially appointed Issy Martin as its new Women’s Football Head Coach.

Issy joins the University from Loughborough Foxes Football Club, where she holds the position of First Team Manager of the Tier 3 FA Women’s National League side as a UEFA B licence Coach. Issy will remain as manager at the Foxes alongside her new role at Loughborough.

The appointment, the first role of its kind at the University, will see Issy take charge of the strategic planning, organisation, and coaching of the Women’s Football Programme. Issy will also be responsible for coaching the women’s first team for British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS).

She will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position having previously worked at the Football Association as a coordinator in women’s coach development, and latterly at Loughborough College as its programme lead for Diploma in Sporting Excellence in the Women’s Super League Academies.

On her appointment, Issy said:

“I am incredibly excited and feel very privileged to be appointed as Loughborough University’s first full-time Women’s Head Coach. I can’t wait to get started with the players, coaching staff, and committee, immersing myself in the University’s high-performance coaching culture, continuing the progress of the club as we aim to become the best women’s football programme in higher education.”

Issy is no stranger to the University having completed a degree in Sports and Exercise Science in 2015:

“I graduated almost four years ago, and I have a great understanding of how the club runs, the importance of the committee and how special the environment is here. I’m looking forward to putting into the practice my experience of coaching in the women’s pyramid and working with young talented female players as we look to grow the programme further.”

Talking about the investment Loughborough University has placed on the women’s game, Issy added:

“I think that it’s fantastic that the University has invested in the programme and can see the potential in women’s football. As the women’s game continues to develop, the role of higher education and dual-career opportunities for female footballer’s equally grows in importance. It is therefore vital that Loughborough’s programme meets the needs of the sport and provides a platform where players develop to play at the highest level whilst also receiving a world-leading education.”

Richard Allen, Director of Football at Loughborough University, added:

“Issy’s appointment shows a real sign of intent for Loughborough as we grow our Women’s Programme. She’s an extremely talented coach and we are thrilled to have her on board.”

Issy’s first game in charge will be in the BUCS Premier North v Edinburgh on Wednesday 2nd October, KO 3pm.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: 19/141

Loughborough University is equipped with a live in-house broadcast unit via the Globelynx network. To arrange an interview with one of our experts please contact the press office on 01509 223491. Bookings can be made online via

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.

Loughborough staff, students and alumni make a real difference. They challenge convention, think creatively and find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society today and in the future.

Meet the #LboroGameChangers at