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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 Academy was set up to support the development of all students, both on the pitch as players, and in the classroom. Students will study a BTEC in Sport alongside their training schedule, and after 2-3 years will have the qualifications to progress on to a range of career opportunities. The days involve study at Bath College in the morning’s followed by training in the afternoon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Fixtures are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Successful Academy players have gone on to Bath University to study Sports Performance, gone on to play for Bath City Under 21’s or Bath City first team, take scholarships in the USA and go on to be full and part time coaches.



We’re really excited for this year’s trials, and registration is now open, so if you would like to apply you can do so by following the links below.


The Men’s Academy trials will be held at Odd Down Sports Ground on Wednesday 20th February from 10am – 4pm. Trials are open to players aged 16-19 and all selected players will start studying a BTEC in Sport in September 2019. You can register for a trial place here


The Women’s Academy trials will be held at Odd Down Sports Ground on Thursday 21st February from 10am – 12pm. Trials are open to players aged 16-19 and all selected players will start studying a BTEC in Sport in September 2019. You can register for a trial place here

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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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Students celebrate their success at Bath College Higher Education Graduation Ceremony

Higher Education graduates from Bath College celebrated their success at their Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday.


More than 80 students dressed in mortar boards and gowns gathered at The Assembly Rooms to collect their certificates.

The students have all completed degree level and higher education courses, including programmes validated by the University of Bath, The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

The ceremony opened with an impressive Civic Procession made up of the Senior Management Team of the College, Heads of Departments, academic staff, Governors, and The Mayor of Bath, councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones, led by the City Sword-Bearer and two Mace-Bearers.

Bath College Graduates throwing hats in the air
Once everyone was seated, guests were welcomed by Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College and certificates were handed out to graduates from Carole Stott, the Chair of Governors.

Two keynote speakers inspired the crowds with their words; Gavin Strange, Senior Designer & Director at Aardman Animations and Nick Isles, Managing Director of Corporate Agenda advice consultancy.

Gavin pointed out to the graduates that: “We all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé does or Mozart did. It’s how we choose to use those hours that count.”

Nick said that: “What Bath College has done is to offer you all an immersive, supportive learning world that has hopefully strengthened your self–confidence and self-belief and helped you all grow in stature.

“A great learning environment is also about creating life skills such as communication, teamwork, self-reliance, self-control, and an unshakeable belief that you can be the very best you want to be.”

Proud friends and family looked on as graduates collected their awards in subjects such as Accounting, Business, Construction, Engineering, Computing, Marketing, Music Production and Education and Training.

After the Ceremony the graduates gathered outside the Assembly Rooms and threw their hats in the air to the cheers of guests and passers-by including a city tour bus full of applauding tourists.
A drinks and canapé reception was held at Woods restaurant where the graduates and their families continued their celebration.
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said that: “It has been a wonderful day.

“These students remind us that success comes to those who work – and I know the extra work they have undertaken through their studies will, at times, have been difficult and gruelling, but they have made it through.

“I am very proud of our Higher Education graduates and I wish them all the very best in their exciting futures.”

For more information about our degree level courses click here.
Photo credit: Steve Parker

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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, written by former Bristol Rovers player Billy Clark who is head coach at the academy.
This year has brought together a strong group of players, formed from a mixture of first and second year students studying sport at Bath College.
After a disappointing FA Youth Cup exit in the final qualifying round to Clevedon Town, we have been unbeaten in the South West Counties Youth League.

Billy Clark
We are currently at the top of that league, two points ahead of the Bristol Academy, although they still have games in hand. We have played them once this season in the league, which resulted in a 2-2 draw at their Filton College campus. This was probably our best performance of the season to date, and I believe one of us will win the league this year.
To date, we have only lost one match, away at Bridgewater. Of the 10 league matches, we have won six:
5-2 against Cirencester
2-0 against Salisbury
6-0 against Poole Town
6-4 against BC Saints FC
And twice against New College Swindon (3-2 and 10-1).
We are fortunate to be blessed with goal scorers this year. James Ollies, Louis Britton and Shea Bennington Mannings have all scored nine league goals to date, while Zak Drew and Charlie Saunders have four each.
These statistics are encouraging, but the end goal for us is to be able to feed youth players into the first team environment. The Somerset Cup offers and opportunity for our strongest players to be able to step up and play alongside the first team players.
In the first round, academy players Charlie Saunders, Nick Pulman, James Ollis, Zak Drew, Adam Forster and Maz Courtier seized their chance in the fixture at Cheddar.
The experience that these players gain from playing alongside the likes of Dan Ball is immeasurable. The result was a 2-1 win that saw the club progress to the second round against Keynsham Town FC.
Both Adam Forster and James Ollis were unused subs in that match, but Sean Bird, who a player at the University of Bath came on in the first half and played admirably alongside some of the senior first team players in a strong Bath City side. Several members of the group have trained regularly with the first team and are gaining in confidence all the time.
There’s a lot to be proud of in this group of players. They work consistently at a high level despite the commitments that they have in keeping up to speed with their studies at Bath College, where the staff support myself and the players every step of the way.

Charlie Saunders
Our most recent success story is that Charlie Saunders has been selected for the ECFA national squad, an outstanding achievement. Charlie will travel to St George’s Park to train with the squad in December in preparation for their tournament in Italy in 2018. We’re also proud of James Ollis, who signed for Bath City FC’s first team in November.
We are starting to look ahead to our recruitment for next season. If you or anyone that you know would be interested in studying at Bath College and playing for the Bath City Academy under 18s, please get in touch by e-mailing bclarkwilliam@gmail.com.

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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 first team.

James, a second year student at Bath College, joined the college as part of the Bath City Football Academy – set up for young players interested in developing a professional sports career.
He has been working hard to impress and make the most of opportunities to play for Bath City FC.

Bath City Football Academy students

The 17-year-old shone during a cup game against Cheddar FC, and as a result, was asked to be on the bench for the league game against Dartford.

He said: It’s amazing really because I’ve been working for something like this pretty much my whole life.

“Over the last two years especially, it’s been the goal I’ve been trying to achieve. Hopefully I can push on for years to come with Bath City.”

James, from Bristol, will be training regularly with Bath City FC’s first team, and will continue to train with the Bath City Football Academy.

Students at the football academy complete a national diploma in sport at Bath College and play at least one match every week.
The two-year programme prepares students for higher education or for employment in the sport and fitness industry. Last year, Bath College footballer Saikou Janneh was offered a three-month trial with Bristol City.

James, who has been playing football since the age of four, said: “Since I’ve come to Bath College I’ve progressed a lot.

“I’ve been playing in the positions I want to play in, and having team mates believe in you gives you the confidence to start believing in yourself.

“We’re training every day. At the start it can be quite a lot of work, but then your body gets used to it and that’s when you start to improve.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to train with Bath City FC and getting more opportunities to play. The more you play, the more you’re able to manage your nerves and perform under pressure.”


Former Bristol Rovers player Billy Clark is head coach at the Bath City Football Academy, and has been impressed with James’ progress.

He said: “To sign to play for Bath City FC, you need to be a player with outstanding ability because you’re going into a tough league where you’re playing against semi-professional players.

“James has an outstanding attitude. He has worked hard and I’ve seen him improve, in terms of his character and his playing over the last year.
“It’s a long process and it’s just a question of staying with the academy programme, listening and learning, and applying yourself in the right way.”

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