FA University Grassroots Hub


Queen Mary Students' Union has been accepted onto the programme as a tier 2 institution for the 3rd consecutive year. Through the programme, we work in partnership with BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) and The FA (Football Association) to develop all areas of our football offer.

In the past year, 70 institutions have received over £400,500 to develop football and futsal for 84,770 unique participants led by over 2,500 workforce members. At the Students' Union, we have engaged over 1,000 unique participants through a workforce of 58 members in the past year. As well as using the funding to enhance our offer with equipment, facility hire and qualifications, we provide employment opportunities with three football ambassador roles each year. The workforce this year consists of Billy Davies (Football League Operator), Aleksandra Kneifel (Women’s Football Development Officer) and Jack Carland (Football Development Ambassador).

In addition to the three ambassador roles, we are putting a football development committee in place to make informed, student-led decisions that enhance our offer. This steering group will include presidents from men and women’s football and futsal clubs, the three football ambassadors and a lead referee.

This year we have been identified alongside 18 other institutions as a Women’s Football and Futsal Specialist Hub. You can read more about this here.


Highlights from 2017/18

Club Sport
  • Women’s Football, Men’s Football and Futsal Clubs with 8 teams competing in BUCS leagues.
  • Barts and The London Men’s Football Club were finalists in the UH Cup.
  • 340 students were involved with a Futsal or Football Club at QMUL.
  • 81 of which were involved in the Women's Clubs.
  • 259 were involved in the Men's Clubs.
Sport Leagues
  • Weekly 7 and 11-a-side intramural football leagues as well as hosting the men and women’s categories in the FA People’s Cup which saw 2 teams qualify for the regional semi-finals.
  • 10 football referees involved in the programme.
  • Over 280 students involved in intramural football.
Get Active
  • Over 480 unique participants engaged with our recreational football and futsal sessions throughout the year.
  • Last year saw the launch of our This Girl Can Football and Futsal sessions.
Community Sport
  • Over 500 hours of voluntary coaching, refereeing and mentoring were logged by our student workforce who engaged a participant throughput of over 3,300. The workforce was made up of 31 volunteers, 19 (10 newly qualified) coaches, 5 qualified referees and 3 student-staff ambassador roles.
  • 2017-18 was our first year with Leyton Orient Football Club and Trust as official partners.
  • Opportunities to volunteer with our partner football clubs are outlined here

If you wish to find out more about the programme and all of the great work that our students do within football and futsal then please get in touch with Ashley Marshalleck, Community Sport Coordinator – communitysport@qmul.ac.uk

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