The BUCS Football Accredited Universities programme helps universities provide opportunities for their students to play or volunteer in football.

The BUCS Football Accredited Universities network supports institutions to create a football and futsal offer which meets the needs of male and female students who want to play either recreationally or competitively, as well as those who want to play a role in making the game happen. To register as an Accredited University, please complete our Accreditation resource.

Accredited Universities work to provide an offer which meets BUCS Minimum Operating Standards of:

Compete - An inclusive Football & / or Futsal offer for Males & Females which provides an opportunity to play on a competitive basis. 

Participate - An inclusive Football & / or Futsal offer for Males & Females which provides an opportunity to play on a recreational basis. 

Lead - Inclusive access for Male & Female students to have Workforce & Leadership opportunities within the game. 

Connect - Evidence of a relationship with your County Football Association (CFA) to demonstrate how you are connected to the local Football & Futsal landscape.

Member Service for Accredited Universities

The Member Services available to Accredited Universities are designed to help institutions meet the above Minimum Operating Standards while also using football as a vehicle to deliver institution priorities around a positive student experience through enhancing wellbeing and employability. The services are split into;

Staff Engagement – training and networking opportunities for staff from institutions. The next service will be a national Strategy Day to launch the 2021-22 BUCS Football Development operating model and provide strategic direction for football in Higher Education.

Student Engagement – personal and professional development opportunities for student leaders who support their institution’s Compete or Participate offers. The current service available is the Club Committee Leader Toolkit, which is a learning and networking platform for male & female students who are part of Club Committees. To access the Toolkit, please sign up here.

Opportunities – this includes the opportunity to bid for funding exclusive to Accredited Universities and to be involved in profile raising or research projects related to BUCS Football Development delivery. The current opportunity is the recruitment of a Chairperson for the BUCS Football Sport Advisory Group+ (SAG+). More information can be found here.

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