Kickstart your journey with our athlete-centred programme, integrating education for students looking towards a professional football career upon graduation. 

Passionate about coaching and unlocking your potential, our football programme cultivates a mindset that values growth over perfection, a commitment to training both the body and mind to tackle all challenges with a holistic approach. 

If you love football...

Our men’s and women’s teams compete in BUCS inter-university competitions. As we begin a new chapter building on the success of past seasons, we’re looking to improve performance across;

  • BUCS Premier South Division – Women
  • BUCS Tier 1 South East - Men well as many other playing opportunities at the University. 

Under former Coach Pedro Bruno leading the performance football programme throughout 2022-23, we accomplished;

  • Derby Day double wins in 2022 and 2023
  • Women’s BUCS South Eastern Tier 1 title and consequent promotion to the BUCS premier South division
  • Men’s team competing in the South Eastern 1A

FA Women’s Football High Performance Centre

We are proud to say we are one of just of a handful of locations throughout the UK to be a Women's High Performance Football Centre in partnership with the Football Association (FA) drawing talent from Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Our aim is to improve the quality and quantity of coaches working in the women and girl's game, especially those working in the FA Talent Pathway and Women's National League. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on football coaching experience, including work placements in coaching sport science and sports therapy to boost employability, laying the groundwork for careers in women's football.

Did you know…

  1. Interim football coach Rosi Webb is coach development officer for our FA women’s high performance football centre. She is also the highest ranked female coach in men’s football in England. She’s in charge of Stanway Pegasus in Eastern County’s football league, has won both the league and cup double in her first season remaining unbeaten throughout.
  2. Current football scholarship and SRES student Morgan Rogers was selected to represent the Wales Senior National Football Team.
  3. Essex Blades men’s first team left back Mayowa Agbolade and midfielder Emiliano Hysi were both selected for the English Universities Sport squad to compete at the highest domestic representative level. – link to news article here Students called up to England Universities Football squad.

Backing home advantage

Making sure our student-athletes experience a fully supportive environment.

  1. You'll make use of our outstanding facilities including state-of-the-art gym, Human Performance Unit and personalised Strength & Conditioning sessions with leading coach Justin Mills.
  2. In September we opened our Performance Analysis and Coaching Room boasting a 100-inch touchscreen TV and sound system. The equipment allows playback of match videos giving coaches the ability to break down and highlight tactical improvements within your game.
  3. Last year we launched the Athlete Village, dedicated accommodation for sports scholars and student-athletes. Located near our sports facilities it’s also a short walk from the lecture theatre building.  

Football programme

Our programme

Our comprehensive football programme is designed to nurture talent and fuel your passion for the sport whilst offering academic support for athletes.  Players within our programme have the opportunity to play in local clubs and teams with current players representing Billericay Town FC, AFC Sudbury, Cambridge Utd and Stanway Pegasus.  As part of our Women's Elite Sport Partnership collaboration supporting sportswomen in reaching their full potential, we are also linked with West Ham United women’s team.

A typical week will entail:

  • Full football programme (2 pitch based training sessions per week)
  • One BUCS competition fixture
  • Individual Strength & Conditioning programming and team session
  • Performance analysis film sessions 

Players will also have access to:

  • Daily performance coaching
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Performance analysis
  • Use of our onsite Sports Therapy Clinic
  • Access to campus accommodation
  • Allocated lifestyle practitioner
  • Workshop programmes with guidance in psychology and nutrition
  • Complimentary gym membership
  • Access to sports science testing
  • Individual / small group workouts 

Football Scholarships and bursaries

Football scholarship applications for 2024-2025 are now open.

We're on the lookout for student-athletes who are eager to grow, develop, and strive for personal excellence. If you're up for the challenge and meet the academic eligibility criteria, we have generous fee waiver scholarships up to 100%, cash bursaries plus additional support packages available to financially help support your time here with us.

Scholarships are highly competitive, therefore applicable to athletes who have played at academy, county, national or international level in the UK or equivalent in your home country.

Alongside performance coaching, recipients of the Performance Sport Scholarship programme may also receive additional support services package benefits such as free kit, use of facilities and access to a range of support services worth up to of £1,500 per year (details outlined below). Our Performance Sport Scholarship programme has four different tiers:

Scholarship type; Award
Tier 1* Tuition fee discount up to 100%, performance coaching and support services package.
Tier 2 Cash bursary (of varying amounts), performance coaching and support services package (available for undergraduate students only).
Tier 3 Performance coaching and support services package.
Tier 4 25% tuition fee discount

*Some exceptional athletes in receipt of a tier 1 scholarship may also receive additional financial support.

Under tier 1 of the Performance Sport Scholarship programme, we award a number of tuition fee discounts to students on University of Essex undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses.

Football fee discounts for students commencing their studies at Essex in 2024-25 are:


Number of awards Scholarship Award
2 x  PG awards for international students (full-time only) Between 50-100% fee discount
1 PG award for UK students (full-time only) 100% fee discount
2 x PG awards for international students (full-time only) 25% fee discount 


Number of awards Scholarship Award
2 x PG awards for international students (full-time only) Between 50-100% fee discount
2 x PG awards for international students (full-time only) 25% fee discount

Apply now

If you feel like you meet this eligibility please fill in our Sport Scholarship Application Form. If you have any questions about our football scholarship programme, please email Performance Sport Manager, Susy Davies at

Details and Deadlines

Football scholarship application deadline is 31 May 2024.

Sports bursaries are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are linked to successful course applications at the University of Essex. It's crucial to meet the academic entry conditions for your chosen course to be eligible for a sport scholarship.

It's essential to adhere to these deadlines to ensure your eligibility for a sport scholarship at the University of Essex. Applications after this deadline will not be considered.

If you have any further questions or need assistance with the application process, please don't hesitate to email

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

We are proud to be a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) delivery site. As a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, the University of Essex and national governing bodies of sport, we work together to develop the best young talent within the UK.

The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme recognises an education institution’s commitment to dual career support for talented athletes who are in full time education. We are pleased to offer an enhanced level of academic flexibility and understanding to allow our athletes the ability to balance their studies with a demanding but rewarding sporting schedule.

Alongside a playing career, we also have a range of opportunities to support your professional growth, to navigate a path through placements including but not limited to Sports Therapy, Performance Analysis, Sport Science and game day support. 

Meet the coaches

We are currently in the process of interviewing and recruiting a full-time performance coach within our football programme. Meantime, you’re in the capable hands of Rosi Webb, coach development officer for our FA women’s high performance football centre. She is also the highest ranked female coach in men’s football in England.

Your future

During your time at Essex, seize the chance to elevate your transferable skills. We provide platforms that spotlight your talents for potential employers in the UK. Your journey extends beyond the pitch, laying the groundwork for a successful and fulfilling career. Our football programme is designed to help you prepare for either a career in football or carry on football in some way after your time here at the university finishes.

Read about some of the successful athletes, past and present on our Performance Sport Blog.

"The scholarship has helped me to create friends as a commuting student and really helped me to afford being able to get to and from university for training, lectures and events due to the cost-of-living increase."
Victoria Leyer Football Scholar and Sport and exercise Science Student