UCFB is proud to offer an extensive suite of scholarships and bursaries to support students as they embark on their study.

Scholarships

Our UCFB Scholarships have been designed to encourage students from all backgrounds and abilities to embrace their time at UCFB and graduate with more than just their university degree. These initiatives offer students the chance to become a part of the community, gain a number of individual skills that will enhance their CV and employment prospects alongside developing their overall UCFB experience.

UCFB Employability & Career Enhancement Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to 3 promising students from under-represented demographics in football and sport who can demonstrate that their choice of a UCFB degree will benefit them in their career ambitions. The scholarship is aimed at helping to encourage the next generation of studentsand industry professionals through developing their skills and supporting them on their work placements and internships.

Each scholarship is an award in the value of £2000 and is offered in the following format:

Year One – Training and skills development courses (value of up to £400)

Students will typically be able to choose from a range of professionally delivered training sessions on subjects such as:

• Public speaking, Assertiveness and building personal confidence, Time management, Stress management
• Governing body training/coaching qualifications

There will also be opportunities to attend events with UCFB partners.

Additionally, as a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit (value of up to £100) from the overall scholarship award.

Year Two – Support with travel costs and allowance (up to £1,500)

UCFB recognises the importance of work-based learning through placements and internships. In order to support students in gaining valuable experience and picking up additional skills, funding will be available in the second year to cover certain costs for up to two work placements/internships.

This can include internships in the UK or abroad and covers travel and sustenance up to a maximum of £1,500 in total over the two placements. Placements can include opportunities provided by UCFB or placements organised by the students themselves.

Students have also used this investment to attend GIS Global Sports Summits.

Eligibility Criteria

• Students enrolling on ANY full-time UCFB Undergraduate course

UCFB Social Mobility & Inclusion Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to 1 student to increase representation of people from a diverse range of backgrounds in the football and sports industry and encourage an environment where everyone can achieve a sense of belonging and pursue their goals. Applicants will be asked todemonstrate understanding of equality and contributions to inclusion initiatives.

Applicants should be students who identify as a member of a historically underrepresented community in higher education or sport including those identifying as females, belonging to Global Ethnic Majority (diverse background), socio-economically disadvantaged group, a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, dis/abled, and/or have a background or experience that would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the sports industry. This scholarship is open to all degrees.

Social Mobility & Inclusion Scholarship is an award in the value of up to £1,500 and is offered in the following format:

Year One – Training and skills development courses (value of up to £400)

Students will typically be able to choose from a range of professionally delivered training sessions on subjects such as:

  • Public speaking, Assertiveness and building personal confidence, Time management, Stress management
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training
  • Governing body training/coaching qualifications

There will also be opportunities to attend events with UCFB partners.

Additionally, as a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit (value of up to £100) from the overall scholarship award.

Year Two – Support with travel costs and allowance (up to £1,000)

In order to support students in gaining valuable experience and picking up additional skills, funding will be available in the second year to cover certain costs for up to two work placements/internships. This can include internships in the UK or abroad and covers travel and sustenance up to a maximum of £1,000 in total over the two placements. Placements can include opportunities provided by UCFB or placements organised by the students themselves. Students have also used this investment to attend GIS Global Sports Summits.

Eligibility Criteria

Students enrolling on ANY full-time UCFB Undergraduate course

  • Identify as a member of a historically underrepresented community in higher education or sport including those identifying as females, belonging to Global Ethnic Majority (diverse background), socio-economically disadvantaged group, a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, dis/abled, and/or have a background or experience that would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the sports industry.
UCFB South Asians in Football Leadership Scholarship

The South Asians in Football Leadership Scholarship for 2024-2025 is the first of its kind, as UCFB and aims to promote and support the growth of British South Asians in football. The Scholarship aims to directly tackle the lack of participation in sports for British South Asians.

The Scholarship will empower the successful candidate to push their development into the game whilst being a role model and trailblazer for other South Asians in football. The scholarship award total is £1,000.

Year One – Training and skills development courses (value of up to £300)

Students will typically be able to choose from a range of professionally delivered training sessions on subjects such as:

  • Public speaking, Assertiveness and building personal confidence, Time management, Stress management
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training
  • Governing body training/coaching qualifications

There will also be opportunities to attend events with UCFB partners.

Additionally, as a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit (value of up to £100) from the overall scholarship award.

Year Two – Support with travel costs and allowance (up to £600)

In order to support students in gaining valuable experience and picking up additional skills, funding will be available in the second year to cover certain costs for up to two work placements/internships. This can include internships in the UK or abroad and covers travel and sustenance up to a maximum of £1,000 in total over the two placements. Placements can include opportunities provided by UCFB or placements organised by the students themselves. Students have also used this investment to attend GIS Global Sports Summits.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Students enrolling on ANY full-time UCFB Undergraduate course
  • Identify as a member of the British South Asian community
UCFB Women in Sport Scholarship

This scholarship is open to 2 outstanding female applicants who are eager to develop a career in the sports industry. Candidates should have an interest in football and the wider sport industry, the ability to set clear goals and have the drive to achieve them. The Scholarship will be an award of £1,000.

Year One – Training and skills development courses (value of up to £300)

Students will typically be able to choose from a range of professionally delivered training sessions on subjects such as:

  • Public speaking, Assertiveness and building personal confidence, Time management, Stress management
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training
  • Governing body training/coaching qualifications

There will also be opportunities to attend events with UCFB partners.

Additionally, as a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit (value of up to £100) from the overall scholarship award.

Year Two – Support with travel costs and allowance (up to £600)

In order to support students in gaining valuable experience and picking up additional skills, funding will be available in the second year to cover certain costs for up to two work placements/internships. This can include internships in the UK or abroad and covers travel and sustenance up to a maximum of £1,000 in total over the two placements. Placements can include opportunities provided by UCFB or placements organised by the students themselves. Students have also used this investment to attend GIS Global Sports Summits.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Students enrolling on ANY full-time UCFB Undergraduate course
  • Identify as a female student
UCFB Inclusivity in coaching programme

The Coaching Mentoring Programme offers students individual learning support to gain bespoke experience in the football and sports industry, including coaching, working with teams and sports development depending on the student’s interests. The aim is to actively engage and guide the students in acquiring new knowledge, ideas, advice and feedback offered by the assigned mentors and coaches.

UCFB She Can Coach Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at female coaches who have an interest in furthering their career in football coaching. This award is open to 1 female student with a passion for coaching and strong volunteering experience who have applied for coaching or physical education degrees at UCFB.

The mentoring programme will include:

  • Development of individual action plans to support personal, professional and coaching development throughout the year.
  • Exposure to leading football organisations such as Kick It Out, Fans For Diversity and Women in Football and their events.
  • Networking opportunities.

The Coaching Mentoring Programme is a 3-year programme (4 years if completing a foundation degree). As a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit and coaching equipment. Each scholarship will be awarded in the form of development opportunities, travel and equipment (including the above) up to a total value of £2,500.

UCFB Access to Coaching Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at coaches from ethnically diverse backgrounds who have an interest in furthering their career in football coaching. This award is open to 1 student from within the diverse communities with a passion for coaching and strong volunteering experience who have applied for coaching or physical education degrees at UCFB.

The mentoring scheme will include:

  • Development of individual action plans to support personal, professional and coaching development throughout the year.
  • Exposure to leading football organisations such as Kick It Out, Fans For Diversity and Women in Football and their events.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Membership in UCFB Coaches Clubs (if available at your campus)

Coaching Mentoring Programme is a 3-year programme (4 years if completing a foundation degree). As a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit and coaching equipment. Each scholarship will be awarded in the form of development opportunities, travel and equipment (including the above) up to a total value of £2,500.

UCFB Elite Athlete Scholarships

UCFB offers an excellent environment to develop in sport whilst studying for a degree. This scholarship is awarded to 2 students to acknowledge the sporting achievements of applicants who have competed in any sport within the past two years, within their relevant age group.

Some of the previous years’ awardees include Elliot - Ultimate Frisbee athlete who competed at the European Youth Ultimate Championships, Adam Level 5 referee and member of Refereeing excellence programme, Haaris Semi Professional squash player competing regionally across the UK and Sean talented footballer who represents Manchester City and England amputee teams. This scholarship is inclusive to all athletes with all backgrounds and dis/abilities.

Each scholarship is an award in the value of up to £1,000 which includes UCFB sports kit and travel support for training, competitions and events as well as development opportunities.

UCFB Social Mobility & Inclusion Scholarship in partnership with Bloomsbury Football

This scholarship is awarded to 1 student who can show a commitment to increasing representation of people from a diverse range of backgrounds in the football and sports industry and encourage an environment where everyone can achieve a sense of belonging and pursue their goals. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate understanding of equality and contributions to inclusion initiatives.

UCFB and Bloomsbury Football encourages applications from prospective students who identify as a member of a historically underrepresented community in higher education or sport including those identifying as females, belonging toGlobal Ethnic Majority (diverse background), socio- economically disadvantaged group, a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, dis/abled, and/or have a background or experience that would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the sports industry. This scholarship is open to all degrees.

Social Mobility & Inclusion Scholarship is an award in the value of up to £1,500. While work experience with Bloomsbury Football will follow another payment structure.

Bloomsbury Football

Students are required to work a maximum of 19 hours per month (an average of 4.5 hours per week) of work with Bloomsbury Football. A student that is coaching with Bloomsbury will earn £16 per hour during the academic year on top of the award value, whilst maintaining a good balance with university life and workload.

Continuation of this role is subject to the student meeting ongoing performance standards which will be confirmed during the onboarding process.

Year One

Training and skills development courses (value of up to £400)

Students will typically be able to choose from a range of professionally delivered training sessions onsubjects such as:

  • Public speaking, Assertiveness and building personal confidence, Time management,Stress management
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training
  • Governing body training/coaching qualifications

There will also be opportunities to attend events with UCFB partners.

Additionally, as a part of this scholarship package, the student will receive a UCFB sports kit (value of up to £100) from the overall scholarship award

Year Two

Further development allowance (up to £1,000)

In order to support students in gaining valuable experience and picking up additional skills, funding will be available in the second year up to £1,000. These can include opportunities provided by UCFB or placements organised by the students themselves. Students have also used this investment to attend GIS Global Sports Summits.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Students can be enrolling on ANY full-time UCFB Undergraduate course
  • We encourage applications from students who identify as a member of a historically underrepresented community in higher education or sport including those identifying as females, belonging to Global Ethnic Majority (diverse background), socio- economically disadvantaged group, a member ofthe LGBTQIA+ community, dis/abled, and/or have a background or experience that would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the sports industry
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UCFB's scholarships programmes and access and participation projects provide students with mentoring, opportunities to build confidence and specific skillsets so that they can participate in the sports industry as equals and feel empowered to achieve everything that is within their capabilities and more.

TJ Katsidzira Access and Widening Participation Manager

Bursaries

Our UCFB Bursaries are intended to help level the playing field for students from lower-income, disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in Higher Education.

Bursaries
Low Income Household Bursary

The Low-Income Household Bursary is for students from low-income households, it aims to ensure that finance is not a barrier for students from less affluent backgrounds to pursue higher education.

Bursary Terms:

  • £1000 per year split into 2 payments of £500.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK Domicile
  • Household income under £40,000 per year (incomes between £35,000 and £40,000 will receive a 5% deduction of the amount over the threshold)
  • Fully enrolled
  • 75% attendance per semester (renewals specifically)

Evidence:

  • SFE entitlement letter stating maintenance loan of at least £9012 per year (subject to change of threshold for 2024/2025 academic year) or;
  • Proof of salary e.g. pay slip
Care Experienced / Estranged Bursary

The Care Experienced / Estranged Bursary is for students from Care Experienced and Estranged students who face financial barriers accessing Higher Education.

Bursary Terms:

  • £2000 per year split into 2 payments of £650 and 1 of £700

Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK Domicile
  • Spent at least 13 weeks of the last 5 years, in local authority care, prior to the start of their course
  • To be eligible as estranged from their parents/guardians, the student should have had no contact with their parents/guardians for at least 12 months before the start of their course and be unlikely to have a relationship with them again
  • Fully enrolled
  • 75% attendance by assessment date (renewals specifically)

 Evidence:

  • Letter from Local Authority confirming care experience
  • Estrangement evidence can be provided via a maintenance loan application proving estrangement
Support Payments

Please note: Students MUST be eligible for either the Low Income Household Bursary or the Care Experienced / Estranged Student Bursary, in order to apply for the below Support Payments.

Care Experienced / Estranged Pre-Enrolment Support

Pre-enrolment program for care-experienced students to ensure transitional support into higher education through financial / accommodation support and integration into university.

Financial support includes:

  • Reserved up to £500 funding to be accessed before formal enrolment to pay the required deposit needed to secure UCFB accommodation
  • ‘Moving in starter pack’ supplied by ‘Uni Kit Out’ worth £200 ready on day of arrival to UCFB accommodation.
    • Includes: Duvet and Pillow Kit, Student Linen Kit, Fitted Mattress Protector, Towel Kit, Tower Suction Hook, Hair + Body Wash Kit, Basic Kitchen Kit, Utensil Kit, Cooking Kit, Baking Try, Kitchen Linen Kit, Lunchboxes, Plastic Hangers, Stationery Starter Pack, Toilet Roll.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK Domicile
  • Spent at least 13 weeks of the last 5 years, in local authority care, prior to the start of their course
  • To be eligible as estranged from their parents/guardians, the student should have had no contact with their parents/guardians for at least 12 months before the start of their course and be unlikely to have a relationship with them again
  • Fully enrolled 

Evidence:

  • Letter from Local Authority confirming care experience
  • Estrangement evidence can be provided via a maintenance loan application proving estrangement
  • Tenancy contract

Rational:

  • There will be a commitment to repay this payment if the student decides not to enrol with UCFB
Care Giver Support Payment

A financial imbursement to help support students that regularly look after a sick, elderly, or disabled person.

Support Payment Terms:

  • £500 per year

Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK Domicile
  • Current Care Giver

Evidence:

  • Letter from Local Authority or significant body confirming student is a carer
Student with Disabilities Support Payment

A financial imbursement to help support Student with Disabilities who may have higher financial commitments due to their disability.  

Support Payment Terms:

  • £500 per year

 Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK Domicile
  • Entitled to DSA or other recognised disability payments such as: PIP, ESA and previous DLA recipients 

Evidence:

  • English SFE DSA evidence form
    • *Evidence usually needs to be Equality Act 2010 (or DDA in NI) compliant for each impairment/condition meaning it clearly shows:
    • The condition in its untreated/uncorrected state has a negative impact on your ability to carry out ‘normal’ day to day activities.
    • The condition or impairment has lasted for least 12 months (or it is expected to last 12 months).*

Contact scholarships@ucfb.com for further information.

Ethnic Minority Support Payment

A financial imbursement to help show a commitment to removing barriers for students from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds, that might not have the same access to Higher Education than others.

Support Payment Terms:

  • £500 one off payment

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • UK Domicile
  • Ethnic Minority student
Single Parent Support Payment

A financial imbursement to help support single parents wanting to enrol on one of our courses. The support payment shows a commitment to aiding single parents reaching Higher Education.

Support Payment Terms:

  • £250 per year

Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK Domicile
  • Direct responsibility for a dependent child and;
  • Living in a single parent household for 6 months or longer 

Evidence:

  • Any of the following: electoral roll, single person council tax benefit and birth certificate, letter from school or childcare setting, universal credits account or child tax and working tax credits awards
Independent Learner Support Payment

A financial imbursement to help support independent learners.

Support Payment Terms:

  • £250 one off payment

Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK Domicile
  • Has been supporting themselves independently for at least 3 years
  • 25 or over on the first day of the academic year

Evidence:

  • SFE Entitlement Letter
Women in Sport Support Payment

A financial imbursement to help show a commitment to nurturing and supporting women in sport.

Support Payment Terms:

  • £150 one off payment

 Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK Domicile
  • Female Identifying Student
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Minority Support Payment

A financial imbursement to help show a commitment to removing barriers for students from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community, that might not have the same access to Higher Education than others.

Support Payment Terms:

  • £150 one off payment

Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK Domicile
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveler Identifying Student
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The benefits of gaining a scholarship at UCFB

My main reason for coming to UCFB was to experience the practical and professional elements of football coaching. I applied for the scholarship to assist with my studies and to also be an ambassador of UCFB

Sean JacksonElite Athlete Scholar
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My aspirations for the upcoming academic year are to continue to progress and develop as a player on the pitch but also to continue to prioritise my academic learning off the pitch.

Elisha SulolaShe Can Play Scholar
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