The University of St Andrews is developing one of the most advanced University Football Programmes in the UK. The programme offers student athletes a range of elite level coaching, training and support opportunities, providing them with a first class sporting and academic experience.
The programme is run by the University's Director of Football, Stuart Milne who has been in post since January 2011. Within his remit he has the overall responsibility for the development and growth of both the Men's & Women’s Section of the Club whilst also being responsible for engaging the University with the local and wider spread community through football projects.
With a membership of over 200, the Football Club is one of the University’s largest sports clubs. We currently have 6 competitive Men’s and 3 Women’s teams playing in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Leagues. Our Men’s 1st Team compete in Scottish Tier 2 (of 8 leagues in total). Our Women’s 1st are in Scottish Tier 1 having won the second tier in season 2013/14.
Our Men’s 2nd Team are in Tier 3; Men’s 3rds in Tier 4; Men’s 4ths are in Tier 5 with our Men’s 5th & 6th Teams competing in Tier 6.
Our Women’s 2nd Team are in Scottish Tier 2 and since season 2015/16 we have offered competitive football to our Women's 3rd Team who play in Teir 3.
We have one Men’s team that also represents the University on a Saturday afternoon in the Kingdom of Fife Amateur Football Association league and cup competitions. As of season 18/19 the team plays in tier 3.
Since 2011 across the programme we have achieved a sustained level of success which includes:
- 10 league titles
- 3 Conference Cup Titles (Women's 1st Team x2 & Men's 1st Team x1)
- Queens Park Shield Winners 2017-18 (Men's 1st Team)
- 5 female players selected for Scottish Universities Representation
- 5 male players selected for Scottish Universities Representation
- 1 coach selected for Scottish Universities Representation
Outside the competitive part of the programme we also offer a male and female Development Squad for beginners, players who are not ready for competitive football or those that wish to be social members of the club meaning that we are able to offer football oppprtunities for everyone.
At University Park we have a high quality sports facility that currently has:
- 6 state of the art grass football pitches
- Floodlit FIFA 2 star 3G synthetic pitch
- Performance Strength and Conditioning Suite
- Elite level gym equipment
- Elite level technology for video analysis
The high standard of our facilities have been praised by many professionals who have visited, including players at FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Everton FC, while Dundee United are regular users of University Park.
If you would like to know more about our club please download our Football Programme from the links on the right or please visit our website: University Football Club
Photography by Craig Doyle