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FA Women’s High-Performance Football Centre

Marjon is one of nine FA Women’s High-Performance Football Centres (WHPFC) at universities across the country. It provides an educational and community based setting to recruit, develop, deploy and produce quality coaches, who in turn can inspire player development.

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The Football Association (FA) Women’s  High-Performance Football Centres aim to increase the number of qualified coaches and improve the quality of coaching, which are both central to the growth of the women’s game.

Establishing close links with FA WSL 1 and WSL 2 clubs, the centres also provide talented players with a pathway to elite levels supported by expert coaching, sports and health science, supporting players to study where they train.


Women footballers listen to their coach

High performance coaching

The Women’s High-Performance Football Centre at Marjon has programmes to support a range of coaching abilities. There are many ways we can support you on your coaching journey. This can be anything from one-to-one coaching on and off the pitch, football workshops, communities of practice, seminars and training and match observations. 

Our centre is run by Coach Development Officer, Natasha Mills, who offers support to coaches who are working in the women's game across the South West. If you are a coach who is looking to develop then please register your interest with the Women’s High-Performance Football Centre.

Young women footballer from Plymouth Argyle takes a throw in

Player development

We are looking for women football players who are focused and committed to continuing their sporting development, whilst studying in a bespoke academic environment. 

We committed to developing a tailored football programme for female players. We work in partnership with Plymouth Argyle Women's FC, while players who enrol as students can also compete for Marjon in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) national football leagues. 

Students attending a practical football coaching session in the sports hall

Dual options

Marjon offers an incredible university experience to coaches and players who wish to study for a degree alongside developing their football careers at an elite level. Players can apply for any course at Marjon including: 



Former scholarship student Jemma Rose playing football for Arsenal Ladies FC

Marjon Sport Performance Scholarships

Marjon Sport Performance Scholarships are designed to help players to achieve, both in your studies and in your sport. Footballers who play in the squad of a national league team or national squad are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Depending on your level of performance, you may benefit from:

  • Free use of Marjon Sport & Health Centre
  • Free use of Marjon Sport & Health Clinics
  • Complimentary membership of Marjon Sports Federation and a Marjon sports team
  • Sport Psychology support
  • Regular strength and conditioning sessions
  • Free Marjon sports kit
  • Access to 'academic flexibility' when exams and assessments clash with competitions
  • Financial support of up to £1500 per year

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