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The Men’s Football Academy at Worthing College combines a variety of academic pathways with high level training and performance against the top Colleges’ for Football in England.

The Men’s Football Academy is an ECFA (England Colleges’ FA) Category 1 Programme, which means its within the top 10% of Colleges’ in England for College Football Programmes.

The Football Academy provides students with the platform to develop their technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their game, which for us comes under game intelligence development.

Many players from the programme have gone on to represent Sussex and even England at School and College level, whilst at the same time excelling in the classroom with excellent BTEC and A Level results, which have allowed students to progress into employment, apprenticeships & University both in England and the USA.

Training & matches

The Men’s Football Academy training consists of technical and tactical development along with looking to improve player game intelligence.

On field training takes place at the home of Sussex FA (Lancing) twice a week and in addition to this the squad work closely with Strength & Conditioning Coaches at the Sussex Performance Centre to ensure that players are in the prime physical condition to not only play at a high intensity, but to also understand the importance of recovery and pre-habilitation (not getting injured). S&C training is very much a requirement for the academic athlete, which is the Academy of Sports ethos.

Experienced and well qualified staff ensure that player development is paramount and that an effective learning environment is provided to allow players to be a success both on the field and in the classroom.

Support staff include strength and conditioning as well as sports therapy to ensure that players are in the best physical condition to compete in all aspects of College.

The Men’s Football Academy at Worthing College compete at the top level of College football in England. This allows players to test themselves against some of the best players outside of the professional game.  This provides a highly effective learning environment.

Two squads (ECFA & AoC) compete each week in the following competitions, allowing maximum player and team development:

  • ECFA Category 1 National League,
  • ESFA National Colleges’ Cup,
  • 1st XI SSFA County Cup,
  • AoC National Colleges’ Cup,
  • AoC Category 2 Regional League (playing mostly 1st XI’s),
  • 2nd XI SSFA County Cup.

To enhance player education, games are videoed and uploaded onto an app where players can analyse their performance from the comfort of their own devices.

Alumni and progression

The Men’s Football Academy at Worthing College take pride in the progression routes that our students strive towards.

College is an important time of their academic and sporting development and at Worthing College we want students to have as many options as possible. These options include apprenticeships (FdSc Sport Exercise & Health Science, Gym Instructor, Learning Mentors), University, American Scholarships and employment.  

Whilst at Worthing College students have excelled in the classroom (high grades on BTEC and/or A Level courses) they have also gained individual honours.  In the last six seasons 64 players have represented Sussex Schools or Sussex FA at Under 18 level and 13 players have represented England Schools or England Colleges at Under 18 level.