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Football scholarships for men

Our football scholarships offer 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. We also have five high-quality grass football pitches, one of which has floodlights.

We host training for Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone. Our facilities include a 3G pitch and state-of-the-art strength and conditioning suites with 10 Olympic lifting platforms. 

Our 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, student sport scholars compete in the British Universities Premier League North, the British Universities Championships, the Queen’s Park Shield, and the Scottish universities and colleges cup.

What our football scholarship offers you

  • 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:

  1. Hold, or be in the process of applying for, a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at the University of Stirling.
  2. Have junior or senior international honours, or be a former professional at Academy or senior club level.
  3. Take pride in working hard to improve your game.

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.

Our partners

The Mackay Clinic

The Mackay Clinic kindly sponsors football scholarships. It’s renowned for the invention of its revolutionary Internal Brace by Professor Gordon Mackay. It’s the most significant advance in the treatment of ligaments and tendons in a generation.

Find out more about The Mackay Clinic

Vision Outsourcing

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 former Stirling Sports Union President.

Find out more about Vision Outsourcing

Applying for a scholarship

Please complete and return the ISSP application form before 15 January (UCAS deadline) for a September start.

Scholarships are offered, subject to achieving relevant academic entry requirements before the end of June.

See also

UK and overseas sports scholarships

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

Winning Students scholarships

We are a network member of Winning Students, Scotland's national sports scholarship programme. It provides funding support and academic flexibility to athletes studying in colleges and universities. 

Contact us

If you would like to talk to us about our sport scholarships please contact David Bond.

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