In 2021-22, we have seen 72 institutions from across the UK become part of the Football Accredited Universities Programme.

Football Accredited Universities is a programme funded by The FA, which aims to consistently raise the standards across both the equality of access to football provision as well as the quality of that provision. 

Accredited institutions have bought into this shared goal with eight across the UK achieving a 3* rating, the highest score available on the programme. Congratulations to the following institutions: 

  • Aston University
  • Hartpury University
  • Loughborough University
  • Northumbria University
  • UCFB
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Warwick

One of the standout projects of this year has been the University of Hull’s ‘Football Unites’ programme. Hull used BUCS and FA funding to create a programme which offers playing opportunities on a weekly basis to asylum seekers and refugees. The programme also offers players the opportunity to take part in some strength and conditioning, and performance analysis workshops. 

This incredible initiative was recently recognised by being shortlisted at this year’s BUCS Awards in the Participation Programme of the Year category, sponsored by Technogym. 

As part of our continued work to better the offering available to institutions, we have some exciting new member services planned for next season. We look forward to seeing how accreditation can continue to make an impact on university football in the future.  

You can find out more about the BUCS Football Accredited Universities Programme and how to become accredited for 2022-23 here

View a summary below of all our football development programmes.


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