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Women's football

The University of Central Lancashire women's football is open to members of all abilities who love football, keeping fit and achieving their sporting potential alongside their studies.

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Jade Richards - Head performance coach

Following a transfer from Aston Villa, Jade currently plays centre half for Blackburn Rovers Ladies Football Club where she is competing in the FA Women’s Championship. Jade is a qualified UEFA B licensed coach with over 10 years of experience in coaching women and girls.

Jade spent many of these years at Aston Villa coaching in the Girls Regional Talent Centre and Villa in the Community, in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College. 

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Unlock your sporting potential with women's football

As a member of women’s football, you’ll have the opportunity to attend team training sessions, individual and small group sessions and have access to an individual training programme and development plan. Alongside regular training, you will also have access to play reviews, video analysis, strength and conditioning, nutrition, physiotherapy and sports massages.

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Open to players of all abilities

Our women's football program pushes individuals mentally and physically, helping them to improve their skills, knowledge and capabilities within the sport. Players will learn the theory behind football, continue learning, testing each other, pushing each other and helping each other grow and excel. Women's football at UCLan provides players with an open and honest learning and training environment.


Monday: 5:30pm – 7pm

Wednesdays - 2pm – 4pm (If there is no scheduled BUCS fixture)

Additional training support will be provided with Dates/times identified by the coach.

Women's football match at the UCLan Sports Arena

Where you'll train

Both training and home matches take place at UCLan's Sports Arena.

Our Sports Arena is a multi-sports site and caters for a wide range of outdoor sports such as football, rugby, athletics, hockey, tennis, netball, cycling, and rounders.

The Arena is a 64 acre site and is always on the lookout to introduce new sports and different ways to involve our students, staff and the community in sport and fitness.

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Sport scholarships

UCLan is also a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) institution, which means we are one of 37 delivery sites across the country that are recognised for their profile, experience and reputation associated with performance sport delivery.

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Did you know?

In 1921, the FA banned women from playing on Football League grounds. It was said: “the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged”.

Look at how the women’s game has evolved and is continuing to do so nearly 100 years on from the ban.