The Scottish Football Association

Women's Performance Centres

The Scottish FA’s Women's Performance Centre structure provides players with the opportunity to combine football with their studies.

There is currently one National Performance Centre based at Heriot-Watt University, plus six regional centres. We are currently accepting applications for the regional centres.

About the perfomance centres
The training and support programme at each performance centre is designed to help talented students reach their sporting potential. The aim is to help young players to achieve or maintain a place in Scotland’s national squads, whilst encouraging them to continue their studies in Scotland.

As well as specialist coaching, players benefit from a sports science programme including performance analysis, psychology, strength and conditioning, nutritional advice, and lifestyle management.

The performance centres are run by the Scottish FA in partnership with The Scottish Football Partnership, women’s football clubs and the following universities and colleges across the country:

National Performance Centre:  Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (application by invitation only)


Central Regional Performance Centre: Motherwell College

East Regional Performance Centre: Dundee University, University of Abertay and Dundee College.

South East Regional Performance Centre: Edinburgh University, Heriot Watt University and Edinburgh College

North Regional Performance Centre: Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen College

West Regional Performance Centre: Lesser Hampden

South West Regional Performance Centre: Dumfries

Further regional performance centres are planned in the South West and West regions.
How to apply
To gain entry to a performance centre, you must have the necessary qualifications to get on to your chosen course at one of the partner universities or colleges (it doesn't need to be a sports-related subject). Your football skills will also be assessed by Scottish FA regional and national staff.

We are now accepting applications for the four regional performance centres. You can also indicate if you would be interested in attending one of the planned performance centres in the South West and West regions in the future.


To fill out an online application form, click here...

For more information on the performance centres, email

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