Football Player Development Pathway

School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Our partners Macclesfield Football Club deliver the Macclesfield FC Football Player Development Programme (FPDP) which provides you with the opportunity to train and play whilst completing your degree studies with us.

The FPDP has a structured weekly programme so that you can keep developing as a player, including coaching, scouting, performance analysis and physical therapy. Our degree curriculum has been organised so blocks of time are available each day to support training, conditioning, fixtures, and recovery.

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It’s been a really fun experience, I’ve made a lot of really good friends here. The coaching has been really great we have Jade, who is our coach for the UCLan team, she’s a very good coach.
Headshot of sports student Mallory
Sports Business Management, BSc (Hons) - Football Player Development Pathway


This programme is available to students studying one of the following UCLan courses

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you will need to have received an offer to study at UCLan on one of the four courses above. You will then be able to apply to the football player development programme directly via Macclesfield FC.

To do this please visit Macclesfield FC's football player development pathway web page.

Visit Macclesfield's FPDP page
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Students develop their player skills during a game of football.
Students develop their player skills during a game of football.


Dr Adrian Ibbetson
Director of Sport
Jade Richards
Women's Football Coach
Jimmy Khan
Director of Football