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 sixth form 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.
Paul Tebay – Head Coach
Paul is a former cricket professional who played at County level with Derbyshire CCC in 1987-89 and in the Northern, Bolton and Ribblesdale Cricket Leagues throughout the nineties, where he gained valuable experience and a vast knowledge of the game as Cricket Professional and Coach. He has coached several young players who have gone on to gain representative honours at County and at International level. He values traditional and innovative methods and encourages individual flair. As Head Coach, he tries to deliver a learning pathway that has specialist coaches available within every area of the game. He is an ECB Level II Coach.
Amal Dalugoda – Coach
As a former cricket professional Amal has played 1st class cricket in Sri Lanka from 1992-2000, and since then in Bolton and Lancashire County Leagues where he has gained valuable experience as both cricket professional and an ECB Level II Club Coach. Amal has played and coached at various levels in the UK and overseas. He enjoys teaching the varied disciplines of the game and currently coaches at Manchester University and club level within the Bolton Cricket League, alongside The Sixth Form.
Curtis Scott – Head Fitness Coach
Curtis has a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Physiology degree as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Central Lancashire. Having worked as a Personal Trainer for many years, Curtis has trained a wide range of clients’ from both sporting and non-sporting backgrounds, enabling him to gain a greater understanding of the various needs of specific individuals. Alongside this, he also worked voluntarily for Wigan Warriors RFC, specifically conditioning the under 16 and 18’s development squads using various advanced training techniques. Curtis has previously completed a strength and conditioning internship with DNA Sports Performance, working with some of the top Great British Olympic & Commonwealth athletes in sports such as bobsleighing, long jump, football and many more. This experience has helped him gain a greater understanding of the different needs of a wide range of athletes as well as the importance that Sports Science plays within the development of young athletes.
Curtis has delivered the training and fitness sessions for all Football Academies for a number of years, providing students with personalised training and nutrition advice to help enhance their performance. This not only helps to enhance the performance of the students but also educate them as to the importance of training and nutrition for both health and performance benefits.
Nick Fisher – Football Coach and Fitness Development
As a British Army Reserve Infantry Soldier, Nick’s main interest lies with fitness development. Using a wide range of training methods, Nick works with both teams and individuals to develop their fitness and enhance their overall performance. Nick also coaches the girls football academy who have won the AOC league for the past two seasons.