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Football Development

SGS Football Development is now recruiting student athletes for the next academic year. Apply online now.

'Strive to Develop'

SGS Football Development is now recruiting student athletes for the next academic year. Apply online now.

All candidates for the SGS Football Development Programme 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 Football Development Programme is based around "Strive to Develop". The participants train with the ambition to develop and progress through the SGS Pathway. The programme supports individuals of all abilities, helping them to develop and grow as both individuals and players, providing them with a number of progression opportunities.

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


The SGS Football Development Programme offers an effective pathway into the SGS Male Football Academy to allow plenty of opportunities to grow, develop and progress.

The SGS Football Development Programme 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:

  • 2 training sessions per week
  • Individualised development player 1-1's
  • Player performance profiling
  • Competitive fixtures against other colleges
  • Coaches dedicated to player development and team performance

Student Comments

“The development program is a great way to make yourself an all round better footballer physically and mentally and you learn very quickly and can develops your skills. It is ran professionally by the collage and coached very well to help us become better' Shay Farion, Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development Student

“I'm finding the program so far to be very influential in my increase in skill and fitness level, it has also helped me gain confidence when talking in groups or with others, I am enjoying the programme a lot and am very happy with my choice to do it' Dylan Venn, Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development Student

“The development programme helped me so much in my football it gave me an opportunity to show my skills. The program helped me improve in my games and my training. The development program is a way for you to improve to get in the first team and get better and better. The program is a good way to make new friends and have fun playing the game you love.' Mario Williams, Level 2 Sports Coaching Student

“Since joining SGS the football programme has greatly allowed me to develop as both a player and a person. There's an extremely engaging programme which allows every player to develop at the highest rate possible. It has personally allowed me to improve my game immensely through the coaching, the competitive nature of the course and the mentality instilled within everyone at the college.' Merf Davies, A Levels Student

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

Nicky DeBonis - Lead Coach

Nicky is a determined coach, supporting with the development of the programme and helping players to fulfil their potential.

  • English FA UEFA B License.
  • Nicky has coached a number of teams at a range of levels from semi-professional, to academies and grassroots football, differentiating in ages from 4 years to Adults football, helping her to develop players and enabling them to progress within football.
  • Nicky has a range of knowledge from a playing, coaching and officiating background with a number of positive relationships to support the progression of students.

Ben Johnson - Lead Coach

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

  • FA Level 2 coach, aspiring to complete his FA UEFA B license in the future.
  • One of the assistant coaches of Jamaica Bell Football Club who compete in the Bristol Suburban league.
  • Ben's background has seen him coach an Under 18's football team along with roles at various schools across the Somerset and Dorset area
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