A combination of academic excellence and performance sport has seen huge growth in the academies and if you look at the quality of our academy coaching team its clear to see why. Not only do our students progress to top sporting universities to continue their studies, many also achieve sporting excellence and develop their performance to excellent levels with sport forming an integral part of their college lives. Please note that even if we do not run an academy in your chosen sport, anyone of county standard or above will receive athlete support and help you achieve to the maximum.
Craig Thomas – Head Football Coach
Craig has taught and coached on the Salford Football for Life Programme, educating and developing apprentices for football league clubs. Craig then went on to become Academy Coordinator for all sports at the Manchester College, which consisted of FC United of Manchester Football Excellence Programme, a position which he held for 10 years. He currently is heavily involved in semi-professional football, managing Daisy Hill in the Northwest Counties Football League which he has done since 2009. His vast experience and contacts in football at this level will give students the opportunity to gain a pathway into semi- professional standards and receive the level of coaching needed to progress their skills and development. Craig is now in charge of the male and female football academy at BSFC which is now in its seventh season and competes in the regional AOC performance league. Both respective teams playing in Category 2A Premier and 3A Premier elite sections.