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Sports Agents Professional Certificate Programme - Loughborough University


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Loughborough University's new Professional Certificate Programme for Sports Agents is designed to meet the need for a comprehensive industry qualification that covers sports law, governance and business practices - drawing on Loughborough's unique connections to the world of sport.

This unique programme – endorsed by the UK Association of Football Agents – is ideal for registered sports agents and anyone wishing to move into this sector.

It will provide you with the breadth of knowledge and capabilities required to operate lawfully – and in a principled manner – within the player and transfer markets.

Combining lectures and seminars, the programme makes use of practical activities and discussions to support and embed learning.

The broad course content and wide-ranging expertise of our programme team makes Loughborough University's Professional Certificate Programme for Sports Agents suitable for agents (or aspiring agents) working across sports.

Programme details

Online course

Autumn cohort:  24th September – 10th December 2020,

12 online live classes every Thursday between 18:30 and 21:00 (BST)

This unique online programme is delivered via our bespoke e-learning platform specifically designed for your optimum online learning experience. 

The programme consists of e-learning activities including videos, regulatory e-guidelines, case studies, reports, and articles alongside 12 live online classes delivered by the members of our programme team.

10 week programme

Autumn cohort: To be delivered via the online programme.

Winter cohort: February - April 2020 dates TBC

Weekend programme

Winter cohort: February - April 2020 dates TBC

Each session will begin with a tutor-led theory session followed by hands-on case study activities.

The course will focus on the three core pillars of the agency profession and market:

Regulatory frameworks - You will study the legal frameworks governing agents in different sports and how to comply with them.

Contemporary legal issues - You will explore a range of issues – including player representation, dealing with minors, financial crime and corruption, betting and match-fixing – and how to deal with them.

Business practices - You will investigate the practicalities of being an agent including transfer negotiations, approaching clubs, and expanding your network.

Programme content

The programme covers the following topics:

Introduction: Introduction to the programme

Session 1: Becoming an Agent – Regulations and Registration 

Session 2: Representation Contracts 

Session 3: Employment and Commercial Contracts 

Session 4: Dispute Resolution in Sport

Session 5:  Representation of Minors

Session 6: Corruption and Agents Market

Session 7: Talent ID: Working with Talent

Session 8: Being an agent – Managing Athletes’ Parents

Session 9: Negotiating Transfers

Session 10: Succeeding in the Agent Market

Q&A Session: Assessment overview and requirements 

The benefits of completing this programme

Ideal for existing registered and prospective sports agents, the programme will help you to:

transition into the agency market

gain a holistic understanding of being an agent

develop and improve your understanding of the regulations applicable to you

advance your professional skills

There are no formal academic prerequisites for the programme, however some business experience and numerical proficiency are recommended.

Programme team

Known for our outstanding contribution to the world of sport for over 60 years, Loughborough University's unique sporting environment brings together exceptional athletes, facilities, coaching and research expertise with extensive partnerships with major sports organisations. As a student on the Professional Certicate Programme for Sports Agents you will benefit directly from the expertise and sports industry connections that only Loughborough can offer.

The programme team is composed of some of the most experienced and prominent legal practitioners and serving professionals within the sport industry alongside the academic team of Loughborough University.


Dr Serhat Yilmaz (Programme Director) - Serhat is a Lecturer in Sports Law in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) at Loughborough University and an expert on contemporary legal issues in the field of football, particularly in relation to the regulation of intermediaries and the protection of minors. Read more. 

Dr Argyro Elisavet Manoli - A lecturer in Sports Marketing and Communications at Loughborough University who has worked in the football industry for clubs such as AEK Athens FC and Middlesbrough FC. Read more.

Professor Chris Harwood - A Professor in Sport Psychology at Loughborough University, a Practitioner Sport Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. Read more.


Mel Stein (Clintons and the AFA) - Mel Stein is the President and founder of the Association of Football Agents and a consultant at Clintons Solicitors, a leading music/entertainment and sport practice. Read more.

Nick De Marco QC (Blackstone Chambers) - One of the leading sports barristers in the UK, he is an expert in the regulation of intermediaries and in football regulation generally. Read more.

Daniel Geey (Sheridans) - A partner in the Sport Group of Sheridans whose practice focuses on helping clients in the sports sector, including agencies, athletes, clubs, governing bodies, leagues, and others. Read more. 

William McAuliffe (Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler) - William McAuliffe is a legal counsel in UEFA and represents UEFA in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. Read more.

Richard Allen (Loughborough University) - Director of Football at Loughborough University, Richard has long-standing expertise in talent identification, having served as Head of Talent ID for the Football Association. Read more.

Apply today

To kick-start your career as a sport agent or take your professional skills to the next level, please register your interest by completing and submitting the online form.

No payment is required until you have been accepted on to the programme.

Fee information

Online & 10 week programme

Full Price


AFA Members


Loughborough University Alumni


Weekend programme

The cost of the course includes ten modules studied over 2½ weekends at Loughborough University in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Introductory price

Full Price


AFA Members


Loughborough University Alumni


To apply, please see here

Contact details

Dr Serhat Yilmaz - Programme DirectorT: +44 (0) 1509 228 163

Manisha Patel - Programme Support AdministratorT: +44 (0) 1509 226 418


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+44 (0) 1509 228 163


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