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Emily and Mollie become Activators

 

Womens Football Academy players Mollie Cavaciuti and Emily Petteford have become football activators for the College. This role is a football leadership position in Further Education that aims to give young people realistic experience of working in a football development role. As activators Mollie and Emily will develop employability skills whilst inspiring more young people (14-19) to take part in football.

 

The role has a focus on increasing participation and increasing student activity, with specific targets around the number of new female players. Mollie and Emily will also be involved in the college’s delivery of football coaching sessions out in the community to primary and secondary schools.

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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.
 
The academy, in partnership with Bath City FC, will help to meet an increasing demand for women’s football from young players in the past few years.
 
Charlie, who is manager at Cirencester Town, has been coaching at the Bath City Community Sports Foundation for over six years.
 

 
Charlie Griffin with Alex Gaiger (Deputy Head of Department for Sport, Leisure and Care) and Dan Bowman, football coach at Bath City Community Sports Foundation
 
He began playing professional football at a young age and his CV includes playing for Swindon, Wickham, Stevenage and Bath City.
 
The former striker said: “At the Bath City Community Sports Foundation, we’ve built up the girls’ football team and we’ve seen it grow over the years.
 
“This programme will be different for the players. To start with they might ache a bit, but we’re there to help them move up a level and improve them as a footballer.
 

 
Football players at an open training session for the women’s academy, at Odd Down Playing Fields 
 
“This is a great opportunity to work with the college, and for these girls it gives them a real focus. If they can look to the world cup and the England women’s team, and see a progression route, that helps to inspire them.
 
“I started off at four-years-old kicking a ball around. I was at the Bristol Rovers academy until I was 16, when I was released, but I never gave up and worked hard to get signed for Swindon.
 
“That’s what I tell the girls who train with us, never give up and that determination will pay off. We would love one of these girls to play in the women’s premier league one day, because the talent is out there.”
 

 
Sam Spong, sports student Ellie, and Paul Blenkinsopp (from Bath College).
 
Players training at the academy, which is unique to Bath, will train three times a week at the Bath College gym and Odd Down Sports Ground.
 
They will play matches on Wednesday as part of the ECFA (English Colleges Football Association) and will study for a Level 2 or Level 3 BTEC in sport.
 
Lecturer in sport, Paul Blenkinsopp, said: “It is great for the college to have Charlie leading the coaching of our new women’s football academy.
 
“He not only brings a vast knowledge from the men’s professional game, but has been coaching girls for five to six years as part of his role at the Bath City Community Sports Foundation. This knowledge and understanding of women’s football will be vital for our first year, but also as we look to grow and strengthen the programme over the coming years.
 
“There are still places available on the women’s academy and I encourage anyone who is interested to contact me for more information.”
 
To find out about the women’s football academy, register online, call (01225) 312191 or e-mail paul.blenkinsopp@bathcollege.ac.uk.
 

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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 FC.
 
Spaces are available for up to 20 players aged 16 to 19 to start training with the academy at Odd Down Sports Ground in September.
 
The academy will be unique to Bath and will build on the success of the men’s programme with the Bath City Football Academy.
 
It will also help to meet an increasing demand for women’s football from young players in the past few years.
 
Sports lecturer Paul Blenkinsopp, from Bath College, said: “We’ve been working in partnership with Bath City FC over the last three years to develop the men’s programme and we’ve also had a number of enquiries from people asking ‘do you offer women’s football?’
 
“We’re working with the Bath City Community Sports Foundation and they already run training sessions for year 10 and 11 pupils. They’ve told us they have a lot of young female players and coaches, so there’s a definite demand for this.”
 
Players training with the women’s football academy will train three times a week. One session will be based at the Bath College gym and two sessions will be at Odd Down Sports Ground.
 
They will play matches on Wednesday as part of the ECFA (English Colleges Football Association) and will study for a Level 2 or Level 3 BTEC in sport.
 
The college sports department has a number of staff who either play or coach football and, as a result, they are very excited about the new programme.
 
Mr Blenkinsopp, said: “The big thing is that we’re going to offer something unique for the Bath area, and by working with the community sports foundation we’ll also be able to offer existing students work experience placements.
 
“It’s a great opportunity for young female football players.”
 
To find out about the women’s football academy call (01225) 312191 or e-mail paul.blenkinsopp@bathcollege.ac.uk.
 
You can register your interest in the new programme here.
 

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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 can be great fun.
 
Bath City FC is encouraging as many women as possible to come along to its match against Hemel Hempstead on Saturday March 11th.
 
Female fans are invited to a reception before the game where they can get together, chat and enjoy some pre-match refreshments.
 
The event is part of a national initiative called ‘Women at the Game’ and coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8th.
 

 
Ruby, who is studying Level 3 music performance at Bath College, will be playing a live acoustic set for guests at the reception.
 
The 18-year-old is a big football fan and used to play football for a number of local teams, including Yeovil Town Ladies FC.
 
She said: “I played football for seven years. It’s always been seen as a men’s hobby but it’s getting more popular with women – especially with the success of the England women’s team.
 
“At the moment you’re outnumbered if you go to watch a game, but I’ve never had a problem with it. If you love the sport, it’s really fun.
 
“I’m singing at the event because I love the cause, I thought it was a great idea and wanted to help. I’m in the final year of my course, so I’ve done quite a lot of gigs but I’ve never played at a football match before. I’m looking forward to it, it will be a good experience.”
 
Bath City FC is about to become a community-owned club and is committed to strengthening its links to the local community.
 
Female fans will be on-hand to guide new visitors to the reception, which starts at 2pm – an hour before the match kick-off. Tickets are available here.
 

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Spaces available for the Bath City Football Academy in September

 

The Bath City Football Academy is searching for talented young players interested in developing a professional sports career.
 

Twenty-five spaces are available for players aged 16 to 19, to start training with head coach Billy Clark in September.
 

Teenagers will have the chance to play at Twerton Park in the South West Youth Counties League and will complete a national diploma in sport at Bath College.
 

Bradley Champion, 16, from Bath, started at the academy last year and has enjoyed the opportunity to train regularly.
 

He said: “I have made new friends, my teammates have become my best friends. When I see them play it encourages me to develop.”
 

Players at the academy will train three or four afternoons each week, with one or two matches per week.
 

They will be picked to compete in the ECFA Premier League, the South West Counties League or the ECFA South West North League.
 

Students can also choose to study two types of diplomas, designed to prepare students for employment or higher education.
 

Sports lecturer Paul Blenkinsopp said: “A lot of people think ‘you go to an academy and if you don’t make it where can you go?’ We have the right exit routes to help them progress into different careers.
 

“We’re giving them the best of both worlds. If you’re interested in going to university you will follow our route to higher education course and study for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, which is the equivalent of three A-levels.
 

“If you’re more interested in employment you will follow our route to employment course and study for a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport, which is the equivalent of two A-levels, as well as additional qualifications.”
 

Head coach Billy Clark spent most of his career with Bristol Rovers and is keen to give players the best start for the future.
 

He said: “In the past we’ve recruited players from far and wide, from Swindon, Westbury, Radstock, Bristol and Bath.
 

“My aim is to enhance and develop the players, as footballers and as people, preparing them for adult life. Ultimately I am aiming to develop players that will be good enough to play for Bath City.
 

“An important part of this process is the club’s link with the University of Bath, where players can go to continue their football and education program.
 

“Some players who progress from the academy programme take up scholarships in America. Others have become coaches and most continue to play for clubs at western league, southern league and conference league levels.
 

“To date, six players have played for the Bath City first team and many more have played for the club’s under 21 development squad.

“The overall opportunity for students is excellent.”
 

To find out about the Bath City Football Academy call (01225) 312191 or e-mail paul.blenkinsopp@bathcollege.ac.uk
 

For website information click here.

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Sports student Ollie Bassett signs professional contract with Yeovil Town

 

Bath College student Ollie Bassett has signed a professional contract with Yeovil Town just three months after making his debut with the first team.

 

The 17-year-old became Yeovil’s youngest ever football league player when he played for the team against Crawley Town in September.

 

He has secured a future with Yeovil Town until June 2017 and will also continue studying for a BTEC Level 3 sports qualification at Bath College.

 

Bath College lecturer Paul Blenkinsopp said: “It’s really good for him and it’s really good that we can say we have a professional player studying with us.

 

“I would say he’s very focused as a player. With Ollie, he’s a down to earth kid – there’s no airs or graces about him.

 

“He comes in to work hard and the staff get on well with him. He’s one of those boys where you’re happy it’s happened to him.”

 

Bath College runs two football academies in partnership with Southampton and Bath City FC, giving students the chance to play against top teams.

 

Players at the Southampton academy train with Yeovil two days a week and play for the Yeovil under 18s team on Saturday.

 

The signing signals a bright future for Ollie, from Packington, Leicestershire, who came to Bath after playing at Aston Villa’s academy.

 

He said: “After the Crawley game I didn’t know it was coming, but I thought there was a good chance.

 

“I played the following week against Hartlepool and I was just hoping they would offer me something.

 

“It’s a good opportunity. I didn’t get a scholarship at Aston Villa so I might have just packed it in, but Southampton gave me a second chance.

 

“It’s good to get a college course behind you in case it doesn’t work out. I have something to fall back on.

 

“I’m excited to start full-time next year. I’m looking forward to playing football five days a week.”

 

Ollie’s signing has created a buzz in the sports department at Bath College and has been an inspiration for other students there.

 

Mr Blenkinsopp said: “He could at the end of that, if he does well, get offered a three to four year deal. Or another club might see him and want to offer him something.

 

“As well as educating them, hopefully football-wise we’re giving them some good opportunities to progress. Obviously we want to get players back into football.

 

“Originally Ollie came from the Aston Villa Academy. He’s technically a very good player. He probably didn’t make it at Aston Villa because of his size, but over the next few years he will develop that.

 

“It’s good for our students here. It shows that it can be done for the ones that work hard there is an opportunity to get back into the game.”

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