About the scholarship

The Next 25 fund, named in recognition of Kick It Out’s 25th anniversary, will give 25 recipients full tuition fee scholarships – worth up to £54,000 – on an undergraduate or postgraduate university degree at either of UCFB’s state-of-the-art campuses.

This incredible scholarship will offer students a once in a lifetime opportunity to earn a world-class degree at UCFB as well as act as an official ambassador for Kick It Out across UCFB and the wider football industry. Each Kick It Out scholar will also become a peer educator on behalf of Kick It Out. In addition, students will take part in Kick It Out’s annual research project, leading on and delivering a research project in the area of diversity and inclusivity in football, with the assistance and guidance of Kick It Out and UCFB.

Kick It Out and UCFB are looking to identify the future leaders of tomorrow from a diverse range of backgrounds and walks of life, so applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding and passion for diversity and inclusivity. Recipients will then use their skills and knowledge post-graduation to make a positive impact in the football industry.

As Kick It Out prepare to celebrate their 25th anniversary, their attention is once again on the future of the sport – seeking to develop and encourage a generation of future leaders from diverse backgrounds and who can demonstrate their commitment to diversity, inclusion and fairness.

Objective of the fund

Recipients of the scholarship will be expected to not only commit themselves to an academically rigorous programme of study but to act as an ambassador for Kick It Out, joining them in their campaign to promote inclusivity and diversity and representing the charity both at UCFB and in the wider industry. Training and opportunities via Kick It Out will be provided alongside UCFB’s degree programme and UCFB’s Graduate Certificate in Sport Leadership.

Through completion of a UCFB undergraduate degree or master’s programme and engagement with Kick It Out, recipients of the scholarship will be provided with the opportunity and skills required to become one of the key leaders and influencers in the industry over the next 25 years and beyond.

Who can apply

Kick it out and UCFB are looking to identify the future leaders of tomorrow from a diverse range of backgrounds and walks of life – all we ask is that you can demonstrate an understanding and passion for diversity and inclusivity and a willingness to support and represent Kick It Out in its aims and objectives. Applicants to the scholarship will be selected based on their academic ability and potential to succeed on their chosen programme at UCFB and their commitment to and understanding of the core aims and objectives of Kick It Out.

There are no limits to who can apply, but applicants who have considerable experience of the football industry through their involvement in academies or professional experience in the industry would be particularly welcomed, as would applicants with a proven track record of work or experience in the areas of Equality & Diversity and inclusivity.

Eligibility

Applications will be considered from individuals who have engaged with Kick it Out through their campaigns, networks, or events.

Applicants must also meet the minimum academic and/or professional requirements to be accepted to study at UCFB. A breakdown of entry requirements for each courses can be found at www.ucfb.com.

Many courses also offer a foundation year for those who do not meet the requirements for the 3-year programme.

Applicants must hold a British/EU passport or have the right to work and study in the UK.

Applicants for whom English is a second language will need a valid Academic IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.0 and no lower than 5.5.

The scholarship is only available for 2018 entry and therefore anyone wishing to defer their place will not be eligible for the scholarship.

Successful applicants will need to commit to the following expectations:

  • Acting as a peer educator to other students, helping them to develop their understanding and appreciation of inclusivity and diversity in Football
  • Acting as Kick It Out Ambassador, helping them to raise awareness throughout the football industry
  • Take part in Kick It Out’s annual research project, leading on and delivering a research project in the area of diversity and inclusivity in football, with the assistance and guidance of Kick it Out and UCFB.

How to apply

Those wishing to apply must complete the scholarship application form and admissions application form, then submit it to Next25@ucfb.com.

Upon receipt of these documents, a member of the Kick It Out team will review and will be in touch to discuss the next steps. For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team through Next25@ucfb.com

Scholarship application guidance

Leadership potential

As a Kick It Out scholarship recipient, we will seek to develop you into a future leader in the football industry – please tell us why you feel you possess leadership potential, give examples of previous occasions when you have acted as a leader in a professional, personal or voluntary context and how UCFB and Kick It Out can help you develop your career and leadership experience further.

Equality and Diversity

It is not necessary for a successful candidate to be from an under-represented demographic in football, but it is essential that every recipient can demonstrate a keen understanding of and respect for the values of equality, diversity and inclusion in the sport and wider society. Please tell us about your understanding of equality and diversity, where possible giving examples of things you have done or would plan to do to promote inclusivity in football.

Career plans

UCFB would expect Kick It Out scholarship recipients to use their skills and knowledge gained to make a positive impact in the football industry at any level. Please provide us with information about your short, medium and long term career goals and how a UCFB degree would help you to achieve these ambitions.