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The Football Academy is now recruiting student athletes for the upcoming academic year.

The Male Football Academy

The Male Football Academy is now recruiting student athletes for the next academic year. Apply online now.

All candidates for the Male Football Academy must be on a full-time course at SGS College. We offer academic opportunities for vocational/BTEC qualifications, A-Levels and Degree Courses.

The SGS Male Football Programme is based around "Hunger and Belief". The players train full time with professional intensity and quality. The SGS model prides itself on being the best of its kind in the country along with having the best facilities.

Candidates must be over 16 years of age from the start date of their chosen course. For more information please contact The Head of Football at [email protected].

Higher Education Football BUCS Team

The SGS Male Football Academy has an exclusive Higher Education offer to be part of our BUCS league team. Visit our webpage to view University course on offer at SGS https://www.sgscol.ac.uk/study/uni

The Programme Includes:

  • 12 hours of elite football training per week
  • Individualised development player 1-1’s
  • Player performance profiling
  • Video analysis
  • Team and Individual Strength and Conditioning programmes
  • Fixtures against top level academy professional clubs
  • Elite professional coach dedicated to player development and team performance

Success Stories

7 players have signed for professional clubs in the last 3 years:

  • Rendijs Kelnins (Forest Green Rovers)
  • Dan McBeam (Barnsley)
  • Tom Harrison (Bristol City)
  • Saiko Janneh (Bristol City)
  • Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City)
  • Kacper Lopata (Brighton & Hove Albion, now at Sheffield Utd)
  • Luke Spokes (Grimsby Town)

Many more of our players are currently being monitored by pro clubs.

‘Every season we have 2 or more players selected for the National ECFA Team. We also have extremely strong representation for the Gloucestershire County FA U18 Team’.

Academy Achievements

Our Football Academy is renowned and has twice been awarded BFPWE in the country by the FA. In 2016 we became the first ever College Football Academy to produce 6 England Internationals in 1 year (3 representing the ESFA and 3 for the ECFA).

In 2019 the SGS Football Academy became the very first College to win both the National ECFA Premier Cup and the National ECFA Knockout Competition in the same season.

The SGS Male Football Academy currently plays in the ECFA Category 1 League (South West) having won this competition 2018/19 and 2019/20. We also have a team that plays in the ECFA Category 2 League (South West).

The College players have the opportunity to represent Mangotsfield Utd U18s in the South West Counties Youth League on Saturdays. We play our U17s in this competition and have been crowned League Champions and League cup winners in 2017/18, 2018/19.

We regularly play professional Football Clubs during preseason with an incredible success rate.

The SGS HE team play in the BUCS League system in division 4A. SGS Higher Education Male Football Academy have been crowned BUCS League Champions in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

The Coaching Team

David Hockaday – Head Coach

David is an experienced Coach specialising in identifying, recruiting and developing young talent, helping players to fulfil their potential.

  • English FA A License.
  • Played professional football for 20 years with over 650 senior appearances and 5 promotions (Blackpool, Swindon Town, Hull City, Shrewsbury Town).
  • Coached at U18, Reserve/U23 and First Team levels, working at top level professional clubs, Watford, Southampton, Leeds Utd, Coventry City, MK Dons and Forest Green Rovers.

Marcus Thatcher – Assistant Coach

Marcus has a great work ethic and an excellent eye for detail in matches, helping young players to improve their match understanding/management.

  • English FA B License.
  • Marcus is a successful product of the SGS Male Football Programme having represented the England Colleges FA National Team.
  • Marcus has played Non-League Football to a high standard and has many links at local level to help get the SGS players placed with Senior Teams in the area.

James Pope – Goalkeeping Coach

James is an excellent technical Coach, helping our young GKs improve on their basics.

  • English FA B License.
  • James runs many GK Courses/Schools/Camps in the Bristol and surrounding areas and is aware of all the best young GKs.
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