Department of Sport

Performance Men's Football

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Performance Football (Men's)


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 at our Highfields and Riverside complexes, our student athletes access the £40 million David Ross Sports Village complete with a state-of-the-art High Performance Zone. 

Consistently ranked in the top 20 Higher Education institutions nationally, our men's football programme is underpinned by the biggest intra-mural football set up in the country. Over 90 teams compete in these leagues, which include both 11-a-side and 7-a-side formats. 

Men's Football at The University of Nottingham


Performance coaching

Our programme is led by UEFA licensed coach Nick Tester, who joined the University from the independent education sector. Nick has overseen several national and county cup wins and developed numerous professionally contracted players.  

Nick is supported by a team of high level UEFA licensed coaches, all of whom have experience in professional academies. Guest coaches are also invited to support elements of the programme. 

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Performance training 

  • 4 week invitational pre-season training 
  • 2 weekly pitch-based sessions (120 min)
  • 2 strength and conditioning sessions (60 mins each)
  • options for 1-2-1 and small group sessions
  • video analysis


  • 2018/19 - BUCS Trophy Champions
  • 2018/19 - BUCS Midlands 1A runners up (Men 1)
  • 2017/18 - BUCS Trophy Last 16 (Men 1)
  • 2017/18 - BUCS Midlands 1A runners up (Men 1)

Performance facilities



Athlete profiles

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Andrew Drylie

Studying: Law (School of Law)

Football background: Former Northern Ireland U18 international. Competed for Glenavon FC in the Irish league, winning both the Irish Youth Cup and Irish Cup. 

Top achievements: Reaching the Europa League qualifiers on two occasions, facing Shakhytor Soligorsk and FC Reykjavik respectively. 

 "The University of Nottingham has a prestigious history in University competition and I wanted to be part of contributing to that legacy."



University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000