Sports Academies

The Sixth Form offers the following Sports Academies:

B6 Rugby Academy Player Development Pathway

New for September 2022 The Sixth Form Bolton are launching the B6 Rugby Academy for both male and female players. 

In this innovative programme, students will take in weekly rugby sessions delivered by a team including Ryan Brierley, a professional rugby player for Salford Red Devils. These sessions will run alongside your subject lessons and programme of study in the Sport department here at B6.

As it’s dual-code, is ideal for students interested in both rugby league and rugby union.

Find out more about the Rugby Academy here.

Football Academy | Cricket Academy

Our Sports Academies offer you a fantastic opportunity to develop and excel in football and cricket. The Sixth Form has partnerships with Daisy Hill FC and the Bolton Cricket League and is supported by the Lancashire Cricket Board.

If you have expressed an interest in the football or cricket academies, after the April trial, your academy/development training will take place in the first few weeks of September 2022. 

Meet our coaches:

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 of FC United of Manchester Football Excellence Programme, a position which he held for 10 years. 


Paul is an ECB Level 2 Coach and a former cricket professional. He gained valuables experience and vast knowledge as a cricket professional and coach. He has coached several young players, most notably Sajid Mahmood who has gone on to represent England at International level. 

Application Process

If you wish to apply for a place on one of the academies, you should indicate in the box on the main application form. You will be invited for a standard admissions interview and once you have been offered a place you will be invited to attend trials. References can also be submitted from relevant sports teachers at your school or your sports coach to support your application.

Benefits of Attending the Sports Academies:
  • Individualised high quality coaching delivered by our specialist coaches
  • Individualised high quality coaching delivered by our specialist coaches
  • Access to a sports rehabilitator and therapist
  • Full Academy training kit
  • Compete in National Academy Leagues and British Colleges Framework
  • Acquire coaching and officiating qualifications
Training Sessions, Venues and Facilities:
  • Football training and Academy fixtures take place at the new 4G training facility at Hacken Lane
  • Football training and Academy fixtures take place at the new 4G training facility at Hacken Lane
  • Cricket training takes place at Bolton Indians
  • Cricket Academy fixtures take place at a variety of top quality local clubs

Academy teams compete in regular fixtures and competitions against other colleges on Wednesday afternoons. Each Academy runs alongside academic classes and all students will follow a full-time programme of study.

Academy Sessions Include:
  • Speed and agility
  • Skill development
  • Performance techniques
  • Video analysis
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Etiquette and conduct