Established by individuals with vast experience of both professional football and the education sector, Ahead In Sport are at the forefront of football, and wider sport, related academic programmes.

Undertaking market research across all levels of the football industry, providing industry expertise and supporting curriculum development Ahead In Sport have played a pivotal role in the development of unique and innovative education programmes, including the industry leading on-line BSc(Hons) in Applied Football Studies degree programme delivered in conjunction with the University of Salford Business School.

Ahead In Sport also assist in the delivery of academic content, utilising the skills of our staff who have successfully made the transition from professional sport into teaching and, through the implementation of a bespoke mentoring initiative, we provide ongoing support to all learners.

Finally, we play an active role in supporting recruitment of new learners onto our programmes through our extensive network across football and the education sector.


"Football possesses the power to bring change in our world.

I want to be at the forefront of this positive change, utilising my own experiences as a player and then transitioning to a career off the pitch.

I believe that education, aligned with those professional experiences, can support others to make that transition and I am delighted to be working with Ahead In Sport in providing opportunities for those in the game to combine their existing football commitments with studying for a degree".

Michael Johnson

"I am passionate about creating a valuable legacy for players, coaches, students and teachers alike, helping to create new learning opportunities, promoting diverse leadership across a range of sectors and supporting the next generation.

I believe that an inclusive and diverse culture attracts the best talent and I strive to create those environments in whatever I do, so I’m delighted to join Ahead In Sport to support those who are seeking to combine their passion for the game with educational opportunities such as the exciting, innovative BSc(Hons) Applied Football Studies".

Jayne Ludlow MBE