University Programme



MFC International Academy offers student-athletes from around the world the chance to combine studying and playing in a truly world class, professional environment.

Student-athletes can choose to study a range of internationally recognised degree courses, whilst training and playing as a full-time footballer.

This opportunity is offered in partnership with the internationally-renowned, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Each of the courses are meticulously designed, promoting exemplary standards both on and off the pitch and provide you with both the necessary qualifications and  experiences to excel within both the sport and business sectors!


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The Macclesfield FC International Academy University Programme provides a unique opportunity to combine your degree studies with training and playing via a structured weekly programme – enabling you to develop as a player whilst studying for a degree at UCLan.

Macclesfield FC are pleased to offer additional opportunities and experiences with a focus on maximising game time for all. Both our male and female football  programmes allow all student-athletes to receive world class coaching in a professional environment whilst they are studying.

Internationally Recognised Bachelor’s Degree

UCLan have designed a range of three or four year undergraduate bachelor’s degree courses where timetables are tailored to provide the perfect balance between learning, training, strength conditioning and match fixtures.

Available degree courses are:

  • Sport Business Management, BSc (Hons)
  • Football Studies, BSc (Hons)
  • Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Therapy, BSc (Hons)


Football Programme


As a Club, Macclesfield FC insist on the very best standard of coaching. Our UEFA qualified coaches therefore have a vast amount of  experience across all levels of the game.

Our teams of coaches have extensive knowledge in developing players within  the technical, physical, and psychological aspects of the game.

Both our male and female football programmes allow all student-athletes to receive professional coaching in a professional environment.

All student-athletes can compete in a minimum of 30 fixtures per season, which runs from September to May – with further opportunities to appear in the illustrious British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues.

Training sessions are designed to challenge our student-athletes on all parts of their game with regular feedback, performance analysis sessions, video footage and Individual Learning Plans (ILPs).

ILPs are specifically tailored to the individual and their position – providing our student-athletes with the opportunity to enhance their development individually and collectively, set personalised targets and identify both the positives and areas for improvement.

To support our student athletes, we incorporate Strength & Conditioning sessions with our specialised coach and nutritional guidance to maximise recovery – whether that be post-training, post-match or to support injury rehabilitation.

Our knowledgeable staff are on hand to help to aid recovery – with all our student-athletes enjoying access to the Macclesfield FC Physiotherapy team.


Accommodation & Facilities

All Macclesfield FC International Academy student-athletes live on the campus at UCLan and are part of the wider student community. This provides the opportunity to socialise and make new friends with other students from all over the world.

Our student-athletes get to share an apartment with their teammates, along with having their own private bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

Included in the accommodation.

  • Shared apartment with self-catered large kitchen, dining and living area
  • Individual bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom
  • All bills included – including electricity, heating and WiFi
  • Access to the gym and fitness facilities
  • On-site staff day and night with 24-hour security and CCTV
  • Dedicated study and socialising spaces

The accommodation is conveniently located in a safe location within the city centre of Preston. It is within walking distance of the train station – giving you the opportunity to explore the UK with direct trains to Manchester Airport and other major cities.

Our football facilities are the envy of UK universities. The Sir Tom Finney Sports Arena has vast amount of space to play sports and is used by professional Club’s academies to develop their younger players. From grass to 4G pitches, exceptional physio facilities and the Data Analysis Centre –  you’ll be guaranteed the best facilities and support at UCLan.

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