The club was formed in 1948 and spent the first 44 years of their existence competing locally in the Derby and District Senior League. In 1993, they joined the Central Midlands Football League Premier Division, gaining promotion to the Supreme Division two years later. They moved up to Northern Counties East League Division One in 1999, and in the 2000–01 season reached the 4th round of the FA Vase. Their most recent promotion, to the Northern Premier League, occurred at the end of the 2014–15 season.
John McGrath took over player manager duties for the 2016-17 season which was a record breaking season for the club, gaining their highest ever league finish and points total. Sports finished 16th in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division with a total of 60 points. The club showed it’s ability to attract high quality players and staff with former Republic of Ireland forward Clinton Morrison joining the club. Additionally, assistant managers Steve Taylor and Paul Groves also joined the club but both later left to take up roles at Coventry City and Birmingham City respectively.
Player manager John McGrath got his preparations for the 2017-18 season quickly underway with the club announcing that 2016-17 player of the year Pablo Mills had signed a 1 year contract extension. On the 24th May 2017 Sports announced the signings of two forwards with Evan Garnett joining the club from Belper Town F.C. and Buxton F.C. top scorer Bradley Grayson also joining. It was then announced on 13th June 2017 that player manager McGrath had signed a new 2 year contract with Mickleover and added former Sports captain Liam Walshe as assistant manager and player coach Clinton Morrison to his backroom set up for the upcoming season. Sports captured Ilkeston midfielder Danny Gordon for the new season along with announcing new contracts for club captain Tom Burgin and midfielder Jake Scott.