Department of Sport

Performance Women's Football

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Performance Football (Women's)

Jake Poole W Football

Football players studying at The University of Nottingham join a thriving set up in a city steeped in footballing history. At the University we've invested in significantly in sector-leading facilities - our venues boast more football pitches than any other UK university. As well as modern pavilions and changing rooms, our student athletes have access to the new £40 million David Ross Sports Village complete with a state-of-the-art High Performance Zone. 

The University of Nottingham is now a Centre of Excellence for women’s football by the Football Association. The centre will provide talented individuals with an environment to facilitate both their academic and football ambitions. Players will have access to a variety of services such as coaching, sports sciences and sports medicine as well as scholarship opportunities. The new centres will also forge connections to the England talent pathway and The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) clubs.

Our players also have the opportunity to compete in some truly unique events including  the annual Notts Varsity series played at Meadow Lane, the home of Notts County since 1910.



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Women's Football at The University of Nottingham

Performance training 

  • 3 weekly pitch based sessions (270 mins - 2x football & 1x Futsal)
  • 1 team Strength and Conditioning session and 1 drop in session per week (60 mins per session)
  • Regular performance analysis through the InPlay platform


  • 2018/19 BUCS Midlands 1A runners up (UoN 1)
  • 2016/17 - BUCS Midlands 1A champions (UoN 1)
  • 2015/16 - BUCS Midlands 1A runners up (UoN 1)

Performance facilities



Athlete profiles

Emma Heil

Emma Heil

Studying: Marketing

 Football Background: Boston University

 Top Achievements: Played at the highest level of soccer in America (NCAA Div. 1). Patriot League Champions in 2018.

"Playing at Nottingham provides the perfect opportunity to further my education and continue my football career at a top university. I’m excited about getting to experience a new country and the amazing football culture that comes with it." 

Sarah Woodbryne

Sarah Woodbyrne 

Studying: Criminology 

Football background: Cambridge centre of excellence. Tottenham ladies and was called up to several England camps. The last two seasons I was at Ipswich, which was an FA funded programme. 

Top achievements: My top achievements would be receiving call ups to several England camps, and being able to experience such an elite environment. My aim is to break back through into the programme. 

"I chose to come and play at the University of Nottingham, so that I could study in a world-renowned university and also have the ability to  help the team achieve promotion into the premier division." 



University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000