More about Football
Who will I be taught by?
Tom is a First class Sports Coaching graduate who arrived as Head of Football in September 2014 and is responsible for the development our football programme.
A UEFA B license holder Tom has also completed the UEFA A license preparatory course whilst working towards The FA Youth Award. Tom arrives with coaching experience in both male and female football at The University of Gloucestershire, Forest Green Rovers and West Bromwich Albion as well as Bashley Football Club.
Analytical roles have included spells with Exeter City FC and AFC Bournemouth whilst Tom has recently been appointed to the England Colleges FA National Coaching Staff.
Former Republic of Ireland international Liam has a wealth of experience as a player representing Portsmouth, Birmingham City, Coventry, Barnet and Havant & Waterlooville resulting in 374 professional appearances.
A UEFA qualified coach Liam has had managerial success at Havant & Waterlooville where he took his team to FA trophy semi-final. Liam joins Brockenhurst College after an eight year spell at Ebbsfleet United.
Leon is a former Brockenhurst student who is working towards completing his FA level 2 and Youth Module 2 in the near future. A Sports Studies graduate Leon has spent time refining his coaching skills in roles with both Team Solent and Southampton FC.
Leon also possesses personal training qualifications and is a level 2 gym instructor, which is of great benefit to the academy in offering our players a well-structured programme on and off the pitch. Since joining the Academy Leon has had a significant impact in improving our coaching environment whilst leading his side to a Hampshire Cup final.
What are the benefits?
The Academy is a tremendous platform for all aspiring athletes to gain outstanding coaching from highly qualified and experienced coaches.
As a Football Academy member, you will benefit from our longlasting links with English Premier League team AFC Bournemouth and local Southern League side Bashley. Both teams provide development support.
What facilities will I have access to?
Training takes place on campus using the grass pitches and astro turf.
You will also have access to the following facilities:
- Fully equipped gym and fitness studio.
- 25 acres of playing fields.
- Brand new purpose built changing facilities.
- Extended sports hall with basketball, badminton, tennis, netball and volleyball court.
- Floodlit all-weather courts for netball and tennis.
Are there any fees?
The costs to join the academy are kept at a minimum, however we do ask all students to pay a £75 fee to join which goes towards all costs, such as league entries, referees, match fees, transport, insurance, pitch hire etc.
You will also be asked to purchase the Academy team kit.
Are there any entry requirements?
To join one of our academies you will need to have/be:
- A good level of playing experience in your chosen sport be it from playing for your school or a club, county etc.
- A willingness to learn and develop in your chosen sport.
- A student studying a course at Brockenhurst College. Remember – you don’t have to study sport to be a member of the Sports Academy.
- Between 16 -19 years old.
Will I be competing?
All of the Academies compete in competitions throughout the season.
These include county, regional and national competitions such as Hampshire Schools and Colleges Leagues and Cups, British Colleges Sport leagues and tournaments as well as other nationwide cup competitions.
There is also a full range of competitive opportunities for individual students to gain county, regional and national representation within their sport. This includes British Colleges Sport and National Governing Bodies talent identification systems.
Get Involved – Taster Sessions
If you’d like to be part of the Football Academy, then come along to one of our Sports Academy taster sessions to find out more about our academies and how you can take part in sport alongside your studies. Our Football taster sessions are held in May each year.
The programme is open to all Brock students, however we expect our academy players to have a good level of playing experience in their sport and a willingness to learn and develop. You must also show full commitment to your team.