York St John University

York St John is a high quality, friendly university, which was shortlisted for the prestigious "University of the Year" award in 2013.

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The graduate market is an increasingly competitive place, and here at the i2i International Soccer Academy, we recognise that a player’s education is equally as important as their soccer development.

We work hard to develop a player’s ability, whilst also ensuring every individual gains the qualifications needed to prepare them for a range of careers, both inside and outside the world of soccer.

We work in partnership with the highly regarded York St John University, which was shortlisted for the prestigious “University of the Year” award in 2013. 

All players with the i2i International Soccer Academy enrol as full time students at York St John, where they can opt to study for either a BA Hons degree in International Business Management or a BSc Hons degree in Strength and Conditioning (Sports Science).

Sport at York St John is taught by a team with expertise across the diverse disciplines associated with the study of sport, covering all forms of physical activity. For more information on the University’s Sports department click here 

The Business School is led by a highly qualified and experienced faculty which is leading in its field. For more information on the University's Business School click here

We work closely with both departments to meticulously plan our timetables in order to maximise a student’s contact time in the classroom and on the soccer pitch.

The university has a stunning campus, which is just minutes from the historic city centre of York. Its 11 acre site is in a beautiful setting - facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls.

York St John was rated in the top 20 institutions with the highest student satisfaction scores for teaching quality (Sunday Times University Guide, 2013).

Latest figures show that 100% of graduates were employed or in further study, while 75% were in professional/managerial jobs (2013/14).

For more information on being an international student at YSJ click here 

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Every player on the i2i International Soccer Academy is guaranteed accommodation at the brand new St John Central Halls of Residence.

St John Central provides excellent student accommodation, which is located within walking distance of the university itself, its ‘state of the art’ sports facilities and the historic city centre.

The £12m development provides 258 en-suite bedrooms. We have secured rooms on the top floor with spectacular views of the historic city.

To read more about St John Central click here


All players with the i2i International Soccer Academy will have full access to York St John’s ‘state of the art’ sports facilities.

The university is home to a wide range of grass and 3G soccer pitches, as well as facilities for basketball, netball, badminton, indoor football, cricket and volleyball. There is also a first class strength and conditioning suite which is used by both professional athletes and elite students to develop fitness.

The Sports department has laboratories for physiology, biomechanics (with a Kistler Force Platform), psychology, physiotherapy and a fitness suite.

There is also a video analysis suite, which enables us to film and analyse all i2i Academy games. This cutting edge technology gives us a dynamic and unique insight into the team’s performance, enabling us to unlock the potential of every player.

The York St John lecture rooms, library and sports labs are only a 15 minute walk from its 3G and grass pitches. In fact, the unofficial running record between the two sites is 5 minutes, 59 seconds.

The question is, do you think you can beat it?

For more information on York St John’s sports facilities click here

Why York?

York is a beautiful medieval walled city with a rich heritage and fantastic history. The city has provided the backdrop to many major political events in England throughout its 2000 years of existence.

As a popular tourist destination, it is home to hundreds of attractions, museums, historic buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars. It is perhaps most famous for York Minster which is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. 

York is an extremely friendly city, which is big enough to have a professional soccer and rugby team, but small enough to be able to walk everywhere. And when it comes to exploring the UK, London and Edinburgh are both approximately two hours away on the train.

York St John's award-winning campus is located in the centre of the historic City of York.

The graduation ceremonies at York St John are held in the splendid surroundings of York Minster.

On a morning you will study for your degree and on an afternoon you will receive the highest level soccer coaching outside of the professional game. If you have any energy left on an evening, you can socialise in historic York

Professor Andy Smith – Head of Sports Participation and Performance at York St John University