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Teesside University Football Academy

Get professional football training alongside your degree

Teesside Sport offers support for talented athletes through our Football Academy. The programme develops you holistically as a football player while you study for an academic qualification.

Olympia 4G pitch

Programme overview

Our football academy offers you the opportunity to study in your preferred academic discipline, while continuing to train and play at a high level in football.

We're committed to developing football excellence to high-performing players - both men and women. We provide an outstanding environment that raises aspirations and enables you to succeed through a dual career pathway, whatever your academic discipline.

The academy programme has been developed in consultation with our key partners within English football, including Middlesbrough FC, Stockton Town FC and Middlesbrough Women's FC.

Teesside Sport also offers innovative scholarships in association with England footballer, Beth Mead and former Middlesbrough FC player, George Friend.


As a student athlete within our Football Academy you have access to:

  • 10 hours a week of bespoke football-related activity such as coaching, conditioning, analysis, recovery and medical support
  • gym membership
  • our hydrotherapy pool
  • our sports hall, and 4G pitch and other Teesside Sport facilities
  • up to £150 Teesside Sport kit


All costs are covered by your academic course fee - you don't need to pay anything more.

Entry criteria

You must:

  • have an interest in football and contribute positively to football at Teesside University through performance
  • be able to demonstrate a track record of success in football
  • successfully achieve a place on a course at Teesside during the 2023-24 academic year.

Find out more about our terms and conditions.

How to apply

Applications are now open. To apply, please click the apply now button and complete the application form. Your application won't be processed until you have received an academic offer from Teesside University. Offers are made subject to you meeting the eligibility criteria and enrolling on a course.

You can apply to Teesside University for any undergraduate full-time or part-time course (home and international students). Your course must contains 360 credits, and you must be studying at our Middlesbrough campus.

You need to provide a valid reference from a coach to demonstrate your footballing ability. You may be invited to trials for assessment.

Fulfil your sporting and career goals and apply today.

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George Friend Scholarship

If you are applying to Teesside University Football Academy, you could be eligible for a scholarship worth £1,000.
More about our George Friend scholarship

Beth Mead Scholarship

If you are applying to Teesside University Football Academy, you could be eligible for a scholarship worth £1,200.
More about our Beth Mead scholarship

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