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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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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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