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. Within the programme players also have access to Performance Lifestyle support and our top athletes can apply for scholarships.

Normal Performance Week

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 United Counties League)
  • Team Video Analysis
  • Massage and Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition Support

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

UEFA A-Licensed coach Alex is a former Loughborough University Graduate having studied BSc Sports and Exercise Science. Before stepping into the Head Coach role 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. In addition to his Undergraduate Degree he has also graduated with a Postgraduate qualification in Sports Coaching.

Mat Stock

Programme Manager

Mat joined the Loughborough University football programme in a volunteering capacity supporting match day operations whilst studying MSc Sport Management at the University. Upon graduation he worked for World Cup Organisation Group England 2015,  before working for IMG during the tournament as Deputy Commercial Venue Manager at Kingsholm Stadium. After completion of the tournament Mat moved back to Loughborough University to work in the football department managing the operations of the performance programme at Loughborough Sport.

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