Floodlit – Every Saturday evening, school pupils of all ages gather at the University Sports Centre Astroturf and take part in sessions organised by the University of St Andrews Football Club. Since its inception in 2011, the Floodlit Football programme has been hugely successful and the number of taking part regularly hits 50. In partnership with Director of Football Stuart Milne, Fife Council’s East Fife Detached Youth Work Team and Active Schools Scheme, Fife Constabulary, Fife Fire and Rescue and the Scottish Football Association, Floodlit Football has received praise from all quarters and culminated in the Club winning University Volunteer Club of the Year two years in a row, in 2013 and 2014.
The football club is involved in volunteering opportunities both locally and abroad. The women's team has recently helped to carry out a girls’ primary school football tournament in Saint Andrews. Coaching for girls now takes place every Wednesday afternoon at primary schools in the area. In an abroad setting, every year five students from the university get chosen to go and coach football (as well as other sports) in Zambia for 8 weeks as part of the IDEALS programme. In collaboration with other universities from all over the UK, this project aims at providing education through sports and gives students a unique opportunity to improve their coaching as well as general teaching skills. Last year the university launched the Stellenbosch project, in which players from the women’s football and rugby teams travelled to South Africa to coach their respective sports. Another unique opportunity to coach the sport you love while travelling to an incredible country thus presents itself.
We have a successful Community 6 a-side football league programme known as the Saints 6s. Saints 6s is open to both students and staff at the University as well as members of the local community. Teams are grouped into leagues of similar ability and battle it out for the title during a 10 week league campaign. Leagues and competitions run at the following times:
- Autumn League - October to December
- Winter Cup - January
- Spring League - February to May
- Champions League - June to August
For more information on Saints 6's please email Gillian Thomson
The Saints Sunday League programme is a series of 11 a-side football leagues designed for students. Approximately 200 students play in the leagues every Sunday during term time. Teams are grouped into leagues of similar ability and compete for promotion/relegation at the end of the season.
For more information on Sunday leagues please email Scott Grant
The University plays an integral part of the St Andrews & East Neuk Community Football Club partnership group that was set up to offer football for everyone in the St Andrews and East Neuk of Fife area back in 2012. The club is made up of St Andrews United JFC, St Andrews Amateurs FC, St Monan Swallows AFC, St Andrews Colts and Madras College all challenged with working together to offer players of all ability a pathway in the game locally.
Follow all the clubs involved within the Community Club:
St Andrews United JFC
Website - www.standrews-utd.co.uk
St Andrews Colts
Website - http://standrewscoltsfc.weebly.com/about.html
Since the appointment of the Director of Football back in 2011, the University, in partnership with Dundee United Football Club, has hosted academy pre season tournaments for the 13s, 14s, 15s and 17s age groups. The tournaments are apart of the Director of Football's community programme and a great way of showcasing the fantastic facilities we have to offer. For a look at some photos of previous tournaments, please click on the link below