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Bath City Football Academy Trials – Registration now open!

  The Bath City Football Academy trials for 2019 are nearly here and registration is now open! Bath City Football...

Emily and Mollie become Activators

  Womens Football Academy players Mollie Cavaciuti and Emily Petteford have become football activators for the College. This role is...

Interview: Star Goalkeeper Harvey Wiles-Richards

  Lots of praise for our academy goalkeeper Harvey Wiles-Richards after starting for Bath on Sunday in Bath City’s 2-1...

Bath City Football Academy round-up: News from head coach Billy Clark

  We’ve had a great start to the academic year at the Bath City Football Academy. Read our progress report,...

Sports student James Ollis signs for Bath City FC’s first team

  Sports student James Ollis has taken the next step in his career and has signed for Bath City FC’s...

 

The Bath City Academy has been running since 2009 and Bath College has provided the educational element of the programme since 2014. In this time students have engaged in sport programmes at different levels.

As part of the programme students attend Bath College to study in the mornings and train in the afternoons. Training takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays with matches taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In total the Academy players will train or play for 10–12 hours each week.

The Bath City Football Academy competes in three leagues, the ECFA Category 1 and the British Colleges League Category 2 on Wednesdays and in the South West Counties Youth League on Saturdays. Saturday home fixtures take place at the home of the football club, Twerton Park.

All three of these leagues are extremely competitive and focus heavily on player development.

Bath College secures funding for women’s futsal team

  Bath College is delighted to have been selected as one of thirty colleges to receive English Colleges FA Growth...

Emily and Mollie become Activators

  Womens Football Academy players Mollie Cavaciuti and Emily Petteford have become football activators for the College. This role is...

Interview: Star Goalkeeper Harvey Wiles-Richards

  Lots of praise for our academy goalkeeper Harvey Wiles-Richards after starting for Bath on Sunday in Bath City’s 2-1...

New women’s football academy: Manager Charlie Griffin chosen as head coach

  Bath College has chosen football manager Charlie Griffin to coach teenagers joining its new women’s academy in September.  ...

Bath College to launch new women’s football academy in September

  Bath College is excited to announce the launch of a new women’s football academy in partnership with Bath City...

Women at the Game: Music student to support Bath City FC event

  Music student Ruby Donadel is supporting an event at Twerton Park set up to show women why watching football...

Training sessions are based on a playing philosophy formed around encouraging players to be able to make decisions independently and within a team structure. Players will learn their roles and responsibilities within a team framework within several playing formations. Individuals will learn how to keep possession of the football, when to play forward, when to risk possession, how to defend and team strategies of where to defend. Performance and results are judged in equal measure in terms of importance.

The aim of the programme is to support the development of all students. Some students will have the opportunity to train with the Bath City first team squad and some may, as has happened in previous seasons, play for the first team. After two or three years of study, students will have earned appropriate levels of qualifications that will give them the options to progress into a range of career opportunities. In the seven years since its inception, the Academy has seen students:

  • Go on to study at the University of Bath on the Performance Programme
  • Play for Bath City under 21’s
  • Play for the Bath City first team
  • Represent the England Colleges FA national team
  • Represent Somerset FA and schools
  • Take up scholarship opportunities in USA
  • Play local football at various levels
  • Become coaches, full-time and part-time

The Bath City Football Academy study programme is an excellent programme that is designed to offer young adults the opportunity to gain an academic qualification and develop as a footballer under the guidance of UEFA A licence qualified coach and former professional footballer Billy Clark.