Men's Football

Our men's football programme provides experienced players with a fantastic opportunity to train and compete. Our first team squad competes in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Division 1 and is coached by ex-professional player John McGrath.

Be a professional

Our partnership with Mickleover Sports FC provides student players with the opportunity to trial and compete at a semi-professional level for the club in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

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Men's football support services

  • Invitational pre-season
  • Two pitch sessions per week with the University head coach
  • Two sport-specific strength and conditioning sessions in the high-performance gym
  • Individual screening and testing pre and post-season
  • Physiotherapy sessions
  • Performance sport workshops, including importance of sleep, time management and nutritional support
  • Team performance analysis

Our men's football scholars

Our men's football team includes scholars such as: Karel Tvaroh, Adam Prusa and Jiri Boula.

Karel is studying BA (Hons) Sport Management. He is a former Czech Junior International, Sparta Prague academy player, BUCS Men's Football first-team player and Division One winner.

Karel Tvaroh wearing a Team Derby shirt.

Since moving to Derby I have improved my language and communication skills on and off the pitch, learnt many useful things not only career wise, but more importantly as a foundation for my whole life.

Karel Tvaroh
Men's Football Scholar

Adam Prusa

Adam is a football scholar and MBA student. In this video, he talks about his sports scholarship at Derby. 

Sports at the University of Derby

View Adam Prusa - Sports scholarship vlog video transcript and audio description

Goalpost on a football pitch.

Moving to Derby as a semi-pro footballer

Jiri is a third year student athlete playing for the University of Derby men’s first team and the University's partner club, Mickleover Sports. Previously he spent seven years at a professional academy with Sparta Prague.

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Head Coach: John McGrath

John McGrath is Player Manager at Mickleover Sports FC and has been coaching the University's first-team squad since 2016. John has had an extensive career as both player and coach. He played for a number of clubs including Aston Villa and Doncaster Rovers and won five Republic of Ireland under 21s caps.

To find out further infomation on the performance programme, please email performance sport officer

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