Sports Academy

Bexhill 6th Form College is committed to developing the talents of all our young people. In sport, we achieve this through our Academies Programme. Our Academies Programme was set up in 2007 with the aim of providing opportunities to further the sporting talent of the young people who study with us.

The College is a centre of sporting excellence that offers unrivalled opportunities for young people in Rother, Hastings and the surrounding areas. Since their inception the Academies have gone from strength to strength, with students supported to reach their full potential and many competing at the highest levels in their chosen sport.

The Academies Programme

The Sports Academies offer an unrivalled sports development programme for young people in East Sussex in the following sports: Athletics (Strength and Conditioning), Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Golf, Netball, Rugby, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis.

Our aim is to:

  • Be the first choice College for young people with high aspirations in sport providing unrivalled opportunities in Rother, Hastings and the surrounding areas.
  • Deliver outstanding sporting provision for all students.
  • Prepare students for further and higher education and employment.
  • Attract and retain the most talented and committed staff.

Bexhill College is committed to developing the talents of all our young people. In sport, we achieve this through our Academies Programme. Students who are talented in the key sports we focus on have the opportunity to benefit from additional coaching and a personalised programme through the Academy structure to enable them to develop their sporting skills whilst attending College and gaining academic qualifications. Students in the Academies have the opportunity to represent the College in Regional and National events including the British Colleges competitions. Talent scholarships are provided each year for a limited number of students who represent their sport at a high level.

Excellent Facilities

Academy students also benefit from our excellent on-site facilities at Bexhill College, including:

  • New 3G All-weather floodlit pitch
  • All-weather tennis courts
  • Large indoor sports hall
  • New fully-equipped gym
  • Dance studio
  • Grass training area

In addition there is a swimming pool directly next-door to our campus and we have football pitches nearby.

Developing Talents

The Bexhill College Sports Academy enables students to develop their sporting skills whilst attending College and gaining academic qualifications. Students in the Academies have the opportunity to represent the College in regional and national events including British Colleges Sport. Our outstanding Sports Academy programme is delivered by our team of successful and renowned coaching staff. Depending on your sport, timetabled sessions include:

  • Specialised coaching from experienced coaches
  • Video analysis
  • Strength and conditioning including regular fitness testing
  • Individual skill development
  • Regular one-to-one discussions with your coach where we will focus on your progress and development
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports psychology
  • Team preparation for regular weekly fixtures
  • Guest speakers who have achieved excellence in their sport

Home fixtures are played in and around the Bexhill area, away fixtures can be at venues throughout the South East and further afield depending on progress in regional and national competitions. Membership of a Sports Academy is for one year. To extend this you will need to perform at a high level throughout the year. Your previous commitment to attendance, punctuality and performance standards will be taken into account. We recognise that our Sports Academy programme attracts applicants from a wide area and we can assist with local host family arrangements if required. Host family fees are the responsibility of applicants. We are happy to offer further advice at any time.

Costs for Academy members at the time of going to print are £50 for kit.

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Outstanding 2015-2016 Team Successes

Once again 2015/2016 saw the Bexhill College Sports Academy teams consolidate their position at local, regional and national levels, with our squads competing at the highest level for college sport in the country. Many of our teams reached national finals and were medallists. These achievements, which continue year on year are indicative of the focus, talent and dedication of the Sports Academy students and the commitment of the coaches to ensure each individual and team reaches their full potential. Teams have performed at the highest level throughout the season and exceeded expectations on many occasions. These performances mark 2015/2016 as a successful season for the Academy, which is something all Academy members should take with them to the next stage of their sporting development.

Athletics (Strength & Conditioning)

In previous years the college has had runners competing in the English Schools Cross Country Championships and in the Aoc South East Region Cross Country competition in Southampton. Further successes included the Hastings Half Marathon where the Bexhill College team finished second Non Affiliated Team.


In 2015 our students won AoC Badminton Regional Finals in the women’s doubles and qualified for the Nationals in Bath where they won the women’s doubles silver. Also our mixed doubles pair came second in the Regionals and was reserve for the Nationals tournament.


The Basketball Academy currently competes in the AoC South East Region National League and Cup Competition and finished 4th in 2015 achieving its highest league position since the Academy started. In 2016 the men’s team reached the semi-final of the South East Regional Finals, whilst the women’s team finished 3rd respectively in the competition. Academy students have completed the ‘Basketball Activators Award’ course, which will assist them with coaching in the future.


The Cricket Academy has won the AoC Indoor 24 Regional Championship on two occasions (2014 and 2015) and most recently in 2016 finished runners up. The team was outstanding in the ‘round robin’ style competition defeating colleges from the South East region to reach the final. The Academy represented the Aoc South East Region at the National Indoor 24 Championships at Edgbaston in 2014 and 2015.


The Football Academy men’s 1st team competed in 2015/16 in the Sussex Schools U19 League, English Schools National Cup and the AoC South East Regional final. The Football Academy 2nd team reached the quarter finals in their league cup competition in 2015 and 2016. Our women’s team achieved a fantastic semi-final place in the AoC South East Regional tournament and won a Sussex 6-a-side tournament.


Students in the Golf Academy have competed all over the country, which has included competing in the AoC Open Golf Championships at the world-renowned St Andrews Golf Club, with one student placing net 2nd overall. In 2015 the students also entered the Southern Open Golf competition at Magnolia Park, Buckinghamshire and successfully competed to their handicap levels. One of our previous Academy students qualified for the National Championships in Bath where he finished 14th overall out of 21.


The academy competed against ten Sussex 6th Form College teams throughout the season in 2015/16 and had amazing success winning nine and losing just one game in their first season. The squad is now looking forward to entering the AoC South East Regional tournament in 2016.


During the Rugby Academy’s 1st season the Bexhill College team won the Sussex Schools U19’s C League and also reached the semi-finals of the Sussex Schools U19’s Cup. Currently in the B League, the Academy also competed in the Sussex Schools U18’s 7’s and 10’s competition and regional events.


In 2016 the academy entered the Sussex Schools Swimming U19’s competition in Horsham where the senior boys team achieved 1st place in the medley relay with their time placing them 16th in the England National Schools Swimming Championships. Previous successes over the last three years include winning events in the Aoc Swimming Regionals competitions. In 2015, one of the Academy students won the 50 metres Freestyle Race and qualified for the National Championships in Bath, winning the Women’s Team Swim Gold. Most recently, one of our Academy swimmers represented the South East in 50m Freestyle and Back achieving a Silver and Bronze in the National Finals in Newcastle.

Table Tennis

Our Table Tennis academy has won the South East Regional Final for the last two years. The female doubles team won gold in the National Championships 2016 in Newcastle, and silver the previous year in Bath.


In 2015/16 the Tennis Academy men’s team won the AEGON Senior Students Team Tennis in Group 20, by qualifying through all three rounds of the group stages. They came top of their group to progress to the knockout stage, where they finished in the last 16 of the national competition. Annually, the Tennis Academy students represent the college and compete at the BCS South East regional finals in singles, doubles and mixed tournaments.

Applying to the Academy Programme

As a first step you should apply to study at Bexhill 6th Form College. Your application should state your chosen Sports Academy in the 'Courses you are interested in studying' section of the form. After your application is received by the college you will be sent an interview date and time. At interview we will discuss your academic and sporting goals and a programme of study will be tailored for your needs. The highly competitive selection process involves a trial and a reference from your PE teacher or current coach may be required. Trials are normally held in May with final selection confirmed by the end of June. Although not a requirement, many of our Academy students do study one of our sports related qualifications. In this prospectus you will find details of:

  • Physical Education AS/A2 Level
  • Sport Level 2 BTEC Diploma
  • Sport Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
  • Sport Science Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Personal Training Level 2
  • Personal Training Level 3

Sports qualifications are among the most popular and successful at Bexhill College. Our talented, experienced and committed staff use the latest teaching methods and technology to inspire students to successfully complete their qualification of choice. However, the flexibility of our timetabling means you can study any programme at the College and still be in an academy.