Women's Performance Football

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

Loughborough Students Women’s Football Club offers many competitive opportunities. The performance team compete in the British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Northern Premier League. When possible, players are also supported to play “external football” alongside the programme, most notably with our partner Loughborough Foxes (Tier 3), but also other Tier 3 and Championship clubs.

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 performance 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.

A normal week includes:

  • 2-3 Team training sessions (with additional 1 to 1 technical sessions).

  • 2-3 Strength and Conditioning sessions (individual specific programmes).

  • Team video analysis.

  • Massage and physiotherapy.

  • Nutrition support.

  • Performance Lifestyle 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.


Issy Martin

Head Coach

Former Sports and Exercise science student, Issy graduated from Loughborough University in 2015. Issy has been in post as Head Coach of the Women’s Football programme at Loughborough University since October 2019 in addition to Managing Tier 3 FA Women’s National League side Loughborough Foxes, a club she has coached at for the past 6 years. Previous roles include coach development roles at both Leicestershire FA and the FA as well as the WSL Academy DiSE programme lead at Loughborough College.