Lee Carroll (Football Management Company) and Andrew Johnston (NI Football League) pictured at the launch of the Academy League Scholarship programme


The NI Football League, in partnership with The Football Management Company, is delighted to announce a new player scholarship programme for talented young players.

As part of the NI Football League’s expansion into youth football via the recently launched Academy League this exciting programme provides an opportunity for young school leavers within NIFL clubs to combine further education with specialist football coaching and support.

The Academy Player Scholarship is a two-year full-time education course for post 16 students (male & female) who have a desire to progress their playing, coaching and academic careers. This will provide players with a BTEC qualification alongside specialist daily training at the campus at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

NI Football League Development Manager, Steven Mills said: “The course and our partnership with The Football Management Company is an important element of NIFL’s long term investment into youth development.”

“As we researched the into how we could add value to youth football we wanted to offer young talented players the opportunity to continue their studies while also gaining additional contact time on the pitch to supplement the work at club level.

The aim is to better support young players and help prepare them for a long career in the Irish League.”

Director of The Football Management Company, Lee Carroll also added; “The Football Management Company are extremely excited about this new Scholarship initiative and partnership with the NI Football League.”

“I strongly believe that the expertise of both organisations can have a positive impact on player development both on and off the pitch. It is hoped that along with the education component, the additional coaching and specialist physical conditioning that the players will receive will accelerate their progress into senior football and maybe further.”

To find out more about applying for this excellent new opportunity download the scholarship brochure here or contact Lee Carroll on 07760917791 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.