Our Response to COVID-19


    We have updated our on-site rules and procedures for safe access and the mitigation of risk of Coronavirus transmission.

    As throughout the pandemic, we are working with the local Department of Health and following national guidelines to operate safely whilst ensuring minimal disruption to your academic experience.

    The Institute continues to operate with enhanced ventilation and cleaning. While face coverings are no longer mandatory, anyone who wishes to continue to wear one will be respected and supported in doing so.

    We ask that you familiarise yourself with the list of symptoms which have been published as signs of Covid-19, and that you take steps to stop the spread of illness if you feel unwell. The official guidance states:

    • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
    • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.


    While we are aware that not everyone will be testing for Covid-19, if you do test positive, we ask that you follow the guidelines above and stay away from the Institute a minimum of 5 days, and only return once you feel well enough.

    We also ask that if you have been exposed to Covid-19 (e.g., someone you live with tests positive) that you take extra precautions and wear a face covering if you do need to be present in the building.

    Please contact our admissions department (admissions@cityfootball-leadership.com) if you have any queries about these measures.

    Transportation & Travel

    Travel guidance for arrival in the UK can be updated at short notice. It is essential that you check here to get the most up-to-date information. Arrivals to the UK from certain countries may be required to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel at their own expense (see gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information).

    When using public transport, review guidance on the Transport for London website.


    If you are a student and have any queries, concerns, or require any further support, please email our admissions department (admissions@cityfootball-leadership.com).

    All guidance is subject to change with or without notice in accordance with NHS recommendations.

Admissions Process

  • All students must complete an application through our online system. The application requirements include term selection, answering a short essay question, submission of recent transcript and school report as well as the contact information for one reference.

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  • All applications are carefully reviewed by our admissions committee. Each application is reviewed holistically and qualified students who have demonstrated a genuine interest in the programme as well as a strong academic background will be considered for admission to the programme.

  • Students must be between the ages of 15 and 18 by the first day of the programme.

  • All applicants will be notified via email within one to two weeks after applying.

  • All accepted students must complete an Enrolment Form and submit a nonrefundable deposit to guarantee their space in the programme. Students and parents will be sent an acceptance email which will contain a link to complete the form. At the end of the form, the system will prompt you to submit the deposit.

  • We accept references from a teacher, guidance counsellor, coach or school official.

  • No. Students are only responsible for including the name and email address of their reference on their application. Admissions will contact the listed reference directly to complete an online form.

    All students must provide the most up-to-date contact information for their reference. This includes an email address that he/she/they will check on a frequent basis.

    We encourage all students to notify their reference to expect an email from City Football Leadership Institute requesting a recommendation letter on their behalf.

  • No, once an application has been submitted, you are not allowed to change it. Please contact the admissions office at admissions@cityfootball-leadership.com if you have any questions.

  • Transcripts do not have to be official. Unofficial copies are acceptable.

  • A secondary school report has information about the school, its curriculum, and grading system. Your school office or guidance counsellor should be able to provide this information alongside your transcript.

International Applicants

  • Whether or not you need a visa to enrol on the Next Gen programme depends on your nationality.

    Non-visa nationals (people who can come to the UK for up to 6 months without applying for a standard visitor visa first) do not need to apply for this visa before entering the UK. You can request to enter the UK as a Short-term Student at the UK border.

    Visa nationals (people who must always apply for a standard visitor visa before travelling to the UK) must apply for a Standard Visitor visa before entering the UK. The Admissions Office will provide you with a support letter for your visa application once you have paid your fees in full.

    You can check if you need to apply for your visa by visiting www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

  • While we do not require test scores, all international applicants should have an adequate understanding of verbal and written English language.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Billing

  • All deposit and tuition payments will be handled through our approved 3rd party payment provider Flywire. Flywire enables you to make payments easily and securely in your own currency using a variety of local payment methods including online banking, bank transfers, cards, and e-wallets. The available payment methods depend on the country you are paying from. Further information will be provided when your deposit and tuition payments are due.

  • Full payment of fees will be due on 31 May 2022. Those applying after 31 May will be required to pay a deposit within one week of receipt of acceptance to the programme and full payment of the fees by the invoice date indicated on the acceptance letter. After the student is enroled and has submitted a deposit, they will receive an invoice for the remaining balance of fees if the fees were not initially paid in full during enrolment. Late payments will incur a £35 late payment fee.

  • Deposits for Next Gen are non-refundable. To withdraw from the programme for any reason prior to the start of the term, the student must notify the Admissions Office in writing via email and depending on the date of withdrawal, a portion of the tuition and fees previously paid may be refunded. No refunds will be given for early departures from a programme, once it is underway, whether voluntary or otherwise.

    • More than 28 days before the full fee due date: loss of deposit
    • Less than 28 days before the full fee due date: deposit and full fees

    *Deposit not eligible for refund.

  • At City Football Leadership Institute, we are deeply committed to supporting and celebrating diversity and creating an inclusive learning environment where every child can achieve their leadership potential regardless of their background and personal experiences.

    To ensure that students from underrepresented groups have a level playing field we are proud to offer a robust financial aid package. For information about financial aid eligibility and how to apply, click here.

  • To be eligible for financial aid you must be:

    • A UK resident.

    And meet one of the following widening participation criteria:

    • You are from a low-income background
    • You are from a neighborhood where higher education participation is low (defined as POLAR4 Quintile 1 by the Office for Students)
    • You are from an ethnic minority group
    • You have a disability
    • You have a mental health condition, Specific Learning Difficulty and/or are on the autism spectrum
    • You are in receipt of free school meals
    • You are eligible for pupil premium
    • You are in care, looked after or are a care leaver
    • You have caring responsibilities
    • You are estranged from your family
    • You are from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community
    • You are a refugee or asylum seeker
    • You are from a military family

    For information about financial aid and how to apply, click here.

  • There are no required additional expenses after arrival. However, we recommend that students have pocket money as needed for the purchase of incidentals. Parents/guardians will be contacted in the case of incidental charges (e.g. damages, lost keys, medical fees, etc.)

Travel & Safety

  • London and Manchester are two of the safest big cities in the UK. While the residence hall and academic buildings are secured spaces, students should note that our campus is not separated from the city. As always, students should stay alert and travel with caution when leaving campus and understand that their distance from campus limits the ability of our staff to provide support. We encourage students and parents/guardians to discuss safety and guidelines prior to their arrival at City Football Leadership Institute. Parents should feel comfortable allowing their students to move unsupervised throughout London and Manchester during their off time.

  • Yes. The number will be provided during orientation on arrival day. The emergency number will also be emailed to parents.

  • All classes and official programme activities are chaperoned by our instructors and programme staff, including a qualified first aider at all time. Security as well as Institute staff are present in the residence halls 24/7 for the duration of the programme.

  • All staff who have regular interaction with students will have comprehensive background checks completed before they can begin working on the programme. This includes instructional staff, residential staff and any other staff who will have more than incidental interaction with students.

  • We suggest that families visit the gov.uk website here, which provides a guide on foreign travel insurance. This guide provides a comprehensive overview and specific information relating to individual circumstances. We cannot advise regarding students insurance.

Program Events & Student Life

  • City Football Leadership Institute offers a variety of non-academic or extracurricular activities for students throughout the programme. This includes visits to the Manchester City Etihad Stadium, the National Football Museum, the home of the 2012 Olympics, gaming in an esports arena, and tours of London and Manchester. There is an expectation that students may have class activities, field trips and homework after class. In the evenings, students have access to residence hall study spaces that facilitate individual and group work. Students and their friends are also welcome to explore London and Manchester on their own.

  • Meals are provided and include vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, and Halal options. Students and families can indicate any necessary dietary accommodations prior to arrival in their enrollment forms. Families with specific concerns should contact the admissions office to speak directly about possible accommodations.