Performance Football

Loughborough University offers a unique environment to develop in sport whilst gaining a prestigious degree.

Loughborough Students Football Club offers many competitive opportunities, the first team play in the non-league at Step 5 (Uhlsport United Counties Premier Division), FA Cup and Vase as well as the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Northern premier League. In addition to these fixtures LSFC play a number of high profile games against professional clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and England U18’s.

Each year Loughborough University invests a million pounds in performance sport, and a million pounds in facilities. Thanks to this investment, Director of Football Richard Allen is able to lead a professional programme of coaching and support.

As a first team squad member you will receive expert coaching, access to our world class facilities, heavily discounted Powerbase gym membership, strength and conditioning training, nutrition, sports science and sports medicine support.

A normal week includes;

  • 2-3 Team Training Sessions
  • 2-3 Strength and Conditioning sessions (Individual Specific Programmes)
  • 2-3 Matches (BUCS Northern Premier and Midlands Football League)
  • Team Video Analysis
  • Massage and Physiotherapy


To deliver a world leading provision for opportunity within football and enhance individuals capability of driving the development of the sport.

Richard Allen

Director of Football

Having joined the University in 2017 from his role as Head of Talent Identification for The FA, Richard Allen, who has also previously held key roles with Tottenham Hotspur and QPR, oversees the full football pathway at Loughborough and aims to drive it forward at a recreational, performance and elite level, overseeing the delivery of international coaching programmes and leading the development of the football workforce of the future.


Alex Ackerley

Head Coach

Former Sports and Exercise Science graduate Alex has moved up through the ranks within Loughborough University football. Before stepping into the Head Coach role this year Alex has previously been Women’s 1s, 2s & 3s coach as well as Men’s 3s and 1st Team Assistant Coach. Externally Alex has worked for Burton Albion Academy, Seattle Reign FC and Loughborough Foxes. As well as his Undergraduate Degree he has also graduated with a Postgraduate qualification in Sports Coaching.

Notable Alumni

Loughborough Students Football Club is proud to boast a wealth of notable alumni, many of whom have gone into the football industry as either players or support staff. Below are some of the famous faces who have previously worn the purple shirt;

George Williams
Sports Science with Management 2011-2015
Right Back for MK Dons
Johnstone Paint Trophy Winner and League One Winner with Barnsley FC

Dan Micciche
PE, SS and Recreation Management 1998-2001
MSc International Management 2002
Arsenal U15's Head Coach
Former MK Dons and England U16s Manager

Matt Reeves
Sports Science 2006-2009
Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Leicester City
Premier League and U20’s World Cup Winner

Tony Strudwick
PE and Sports Science 1992 – 1995
MSc Sports Science 1998
Head of Performance Welsh FA
Previously with Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and The FA and Head of Performance at Manchester United

Sam Erith
PE, Sport Science and Rec Management 1997 – 2000
MSc Exercise Physiology 2001
PhD Sport and Exercise Sciences 2001 – 2007
Head of Human performance at Manchester City
Previously Head of Sports Science

Recent Success

  • 2016/17 BUCS Northern Premiership Champions
  • 2014/15 BUCS Northern Premiership Champions
  • 2013/14 BUCS Championship Runners Up
  • 2012/13 BUCS Northern Premiership Champions & BUCS Championship Winners
  • 2011/12 BUCS Northern Premiership Champions


For our most exceptional performance footballers, we offer sports scholarships to help with the costs of training and competition.

Prospective Students

If you are interested in joining Loughborough University Football Teams please fill in the form below to the best of your knowledge.

The application forms are regularly monitored and someone from the football programme will look to respond to you as soon as possible.

Register your interest