Department of Sport

Performance Women's Football

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Performance Football (Women'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 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, from the annual Varsity series hosted at the Varsity event at Meadow Lane, the home of Notts County since 1910 or travelling across the globe as part of our Tri Campus Games!

Women's Football at The University of Nottingham

James Barlow

Performance coaching

Our Women's Football & Futsal programme is led by UEFA A Football and UEFA B Futsal qualified coach, James Barlow.

Currently an academy coach at Nottingham Forest FC, Head Coach of the England Deaf Futsal Team and England Futsal U19 Performance Analyst. Previously the Head Coach at Loughborough University Women’s Football Club and holding a wealth of experience since, James is a qualified FA coach tutor and is Head of Futsal on the BUCS Advisory Group.

Email James Barlow


Performance training 

  • 2 weekly pitch based sessions (120 min)
  • 2 weekly strength & conditioning sessions (60 mins each)
  • 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

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Mariah Cameron

Studying: MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Pyschotherapy

Football background: NCAA Division 1 Women's Soccer, semi-professional (WPSL)

Top achievements: WPSL Pacific North Division Champions

"I chose to study at The University of Nottingham as it allowed me to recieve a world-class education whilst competing for a top quality football club." 

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Elizabeta Ejupi

Studying: BSc Pyschology (School of Pyschology)

Football background: Current Women's Super League player and BUCS first team squad

Top achievements: Representing Notts County Ladies in the 2016/17 season

"I chose to come and play football at The University of Nottingham as I could play outside the University as well as for their BUCS teams, whilst gaining a degree from a prestigious university." 



University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000