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 d.kellogg@derby.ac.uk performance sport officer

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