Football Academy

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Getting Ahead

Football Performance & Coaching BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Downs Campus

This BTEC Academy Programme gives you the opportunity to use your interest in football to complete a strong academic programme that opens various sport and fitness related pathways for future development.

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Analysis of Sport – Many factors can influence your performance as an athlete. We classify these factors as either Intrinsic or Extrinsic. Follow the PowerPoint presentation and complete the following.

Click here to access the PowerPoint.

After viewing the PowerPoint presentation, try and describe five factors that may influence the performance of an athlete. You can pick a sport/activity which you are interested in to come up with your own examples, or you can use existing athletes from football or other sports. An example has been done for you:

Age: It has been said sporting performance generally declines after 35 years of age. This is because, as you age, your muscles and bones become harder to repair and so the training phase becomes harder. Cristiano Ronaldo is an example of an athlete who is defying his age: he remains physically very fit and is performing to a world-class standard despite being 36. When Ronaldo signed for Juventus, his medical showed that he had the physical age of a 20-year-old. Having a physical age of 13 years younger than his actual age is all down to his strict diet and training regime over the past decade.

Read the article here: Italy – Seri A: Cristiano Ronaldo



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One of the largest units on your new course will be ‘Developing Coaching Skills’. In this unit, you will develop an understanding of coaching requirements and put assistant coaching skills into practice. You will explore the skills, roles and responsibilities of an assistant coach. You will plan and prepare coaching sessions, which you will deliver under the supervision of a qualified coach.

To help get you prepared, our friends at UK Coaching have made a range of free resources to provide online learning for Sport students.

Curious Coaches’ Club brings expert coaches together in a free live webinar to discuss important coaching topics. Can’t make the live webinar? It will also be made available to watch for free on-demand via

Read this article: Emma Hayes – Constant Dialogue is so Important

Consider the following questions whilst reading the article and consider how the answers support effective coaching.

  • Why does Hayes feel that establishing a good relationship with her coaching staff is important?
  • Why is building togetherness within the culture of the team important?
  • What key things does Hayes focus on in terms of building towards long-term goals and end results?

For those participating in sports, injuries are a common occurrence. It is important that those involved in sport gain an appreciation and understanding of how the body responds to different injuries and the key factors to consider in the prevention and reduction of injuries. It is also important to understand how effective treatment and rehabilitation can reduce the amount of time spent out of sports participation.

Get yourself a head start by reading the FA’s Concussion guidelines here.

You can even enrol on the FA website and complete a free online module to get yourself certificated here.

Starting at a new college can bring new stresses and challenges to life. Part of being at college is building and developing the skills required to succeed at your education, but not all of these tools are purely academic. Developing a growth mindset and becoming more resilient to life’s challenges will help you deal with any future tests or setbacks you face.

Why not try these Mindfulness and Wellbeing tasks over the summer to help prepare you for college life?

Yoga is a gentle form of exercise that helps improve your strength and flexibility. The added benefit of yoga is that it can also balance your mood, allowing you to take time to relax and focus your mindset. Many yoga techniques link with meditation or mindfulness, which brings an awareness to your mood and wellbeing.

Watch the video below and complete the yoga task. It is important that you give yourself the time in the evening to fully complete this task in your own calm and spacious environment.

Positive Mindset
Have you ever thought “I am not good enough or I will never be able to do this”?

These types of thoughts usually make us feel unmotivated, defeated and deflated. Whilst it’s normal to feel like this time to time, if it becomes the norm this feeling can prevent us from creating the life we want.

“I can accomplish anything” and “I love this challenge”. These types of thoughts can help to form a more positive mindset and make us more successful.

Let’s see how you think… on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being “you don’t agree” and 5 being “you strongly agree”, score yourself.

You generally say negative things about yourself
1  2  3  4  5

You have a hard time finding positive things in most situations
1  2  3  4  5

You think your current lifestyle will limit your success
1  2  3  4  5

There’s nothing exciting to look forward to in the future
1  2  3  4  5

You believe you can’t really change how intelligent you are
1  2  3  4  5

If you score:

5 – 10 = you’ve got a pretty positive mindset!

16 – 20 = your thoughts and your mindset might be holding you back

21 – 25 = your negative thoughts really bring you down

Mindfulness Activity
Leaves on a Stream – This task provides you with an audio link from which you follow a mindfulness script for Leaves on a Stream, a well-known cognitive diffusion practice. This task should be carried out at home and you will develop the skill of cognitive diffusion.

This task will require ten minutes of your time. Mindfulness takes practice. Give it a try and take the opportunity to relax! Scan the QR code using the camera on your phone to access the video –

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Check out our residential that waits for you in year two of the programme – Club La Santa in Lanzarote: one resort with untold opportunities to push yourself alongside elite athletes. Check out our students getting involved and the amazing venue:

Did you know about just a few of the exciting things our students have gone on to do?

  • Max Whittingham – Junior Sports Scientist at AFC Bournemouth
  • Craig Robson – Havant & Waterlooville – First team player
  • Matt Kimber – Scout for Wolves after completing Football Studies degree at Southampton Solent
  • Nathan Ashmore – Boreham Wood – First team player
  • Shanon Moloney – Teacher for Tottenham Hotspur Academy
  • Tommy Block – Hibernian FC – Reserve team player
  • Joe Hunt – Hampshire Constabulary (police officer)
  • Yzzy Taylor – Cardiff Met University Teacher/Coach
  • Alfie Whittingham – Fitness instructor and Aldershot Town First team player

Did you know that we also cover talent identification? Do you have what it takes to spot the next Dele Alli or Lucy Bronze? This course is all about giving you the skills to do exactly that. From understanding your responsibilities as a scout to establishing a rounded view of player potential at any age, this course will help you play your part in forming the England teams of the future.

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My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.

Natalie Thorpe, A Level student