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Sports Academies

The College offers the following Sports Academies:

Boys’ Football • Girls’ Football • Boys’ Cricket • Girls’ Cricket

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

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.

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 which will take place in April and May. References should also be submitted from relevant sports teachers at your school or your sports coach.

Boys & Girls Football Trials 
April & May 2018
Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Hacken Lane, playing fields,  BL3 1SD

Boys & Girls Cricket Academy Trials
April & May 2018
Bolton Indian CC, Hacken Lane, Darcy Lever BL3 1SD

Benefits of Attending the Sports Academies:

  • 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 Bolton Arena, Hacken Lane, Ladybridge Football Club and Old Boltonians Football Club
  • 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
  • Fitness instruction

 

Coaches

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

Paul Tebay – Head Cricket Coach

Paul is an ECB Level 2 coach and a former cricket professional who played at county level with Derbyshire CCC from 1987-89 and in the Northern, Bolton and Ribblesdale cricket leagues throughout the nineties. He has coached several young players, most notably Sajid Mahmood who has gone on to represent England at International level. He values traditional and innovative methods and encourages individual flair.