Football scholarships

We are officially Scotland's University Sporting Excellence in recognition of our contribution to Scottish sport. We’re renowned for our outstanding contributions to world sport and for giving young talent opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Football scholarships at the University of Stirling provide a fantastic package of support including; training, competition and funding support to fit alongside academic studies. At Stirling we bring together high performance coaches, excellent facilities, innovative sport science, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and performance mentoring.

5 high quality grass football pitches one of which is floodlight. We host training for Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone and Forth Valley Football Academy. Further facilities enjoyed include a 3G pitch and state of the art strength and conditioning suites which is home to the sportscotland Institute of Sport, with 10 Olympic lifting platforms. We are 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for sports facilities (The International Student Barometer (ISB) 2016).

Football scholars represent the University in the semi-professional Scottish Lowland Football League and the Scottish Cup. Home fixtures for these competitions are played at the Falkirk Stadium. Additionally in student sport scholars compete in the British Universities Premier League North, the British Universities Championships and the Queen’s Park Shield, Scottish universities and colleges cup.

Football scholarships offer

  • Funding up to £4,000 per annum
  • Academic flexibility
  • The services of highly qualified and experienced coaching staff
  • The team trains 3 or 4 times a week and play 2 matches a week
  • Strength and conditioning sessions 2 to 3 times per week
  • Sport science support
  • Physiotherapy clinics
  • Opportunity to live on campus
  • Essential clothing and equipment
  • Access to coach education courses

Selection criteria

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

Hold, or in the process of applying for, a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at the University of Stirling.

  1. Have junior or senior international honours or be a former professional at Academy or senior club level.
  2. Take pride in working hard to improve your game.

Our partners

Our partners are The Mackay Clinic and Vision Outsourcing.

Professor Gordon Mackay invented the revolutionary Internal Brace, the most significant advance in the treatment of ligaments and tendons in a generation. The Mackay Clinic kindly sponsors football scholarships. Gordon takes a keen interest in the programme and actively joins in with training sessions. Additionally Gordon has provided consultancy services for injured players, including one successful ACL surgery and rehabilitation.

Vision Outsourcing has supported the football programme since 2009, providing bespoke clothing and equipment. Drew Campbell is an avid sports fan and his business partner Jamie MacDonald is a Stirling graduate and former Sports Union President.

Apply now

Complete the ISSP Application Form before the end of February for a September start.  Scholarships are offered, subject to achieving relevant academic entry requirements before the end of June.

If you have any questions about football scholarships please contact Jason Atkins.

Chris Geddes - Head Coach

Chris Geddes Profile


Chris took over as Head Coach of the High Performance Football Programme at the start of the 2017/18 season, bringing with him a wealth of playing and coaching experience.

Having come through the ranks at Stirling Albion FC, Chris represented Scotland at youth level and joined University of Stirling FC as a player in 2011, scoring 50 goals in his debut season and has since gone on to deliver an average of 24 goals per year.

As well as an impressive playing CV, Chris boasts a UEFA B Licence and has spent a number of years honing his coaching skills in various locations including a season in Australia with Central Queensland as well as stints with the Forth Valley Football Academy and numerous University squads.

”After being released by Falkirk FC, the University of Stirling provided me with the ideal platform to get back into the professional game and achieve undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the same time!” Kevin Walker, former Falkirk, Livingstone and Berwick Rangers goalkeeper
Catriona Morrison, 2010 World Duathlon champion

RUK and Overseas Sports Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or from outside the EU who meet the sport-specific qualification criteria and who meet or exceed their academic conditions for entry.

RUK and Overseas Sports Scholarships
David Bond Head of Performance Sport Sports Development Service Sports Centre, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA 01786 466910
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