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 Hastings, Eastbourne and Rother. 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 Programme Aims:

  • Be the first choice College for young people with high aspirations in sport providing unrivalled opportunities in Hastings, Eastbourne and Rother.
  • 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.

Excellent Facilities

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

  • 3G All-weather floodlit football/sports pitch
  • 3 tennis courts
  • Large indoor sports hall
  • State-of-the-art fully-equipped gym
  • 2 Dance studios
  • 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. 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.

Outstanding Team Successes

Once again 2017/2018 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 2017/2018 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.


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 success includes, the Hastings Half Marathon where the Bexhill College team finished 2nd Non Affiliated Team. Also, most recently we have had students competing in the Sussex Schools Senior Boys Championship in various events.


In 2015 our students won AoC Badminton Regionals finals. The female doubles pair qualified for the Nationals in Bath where they won the Badminton Women’s Doubles Silver. This success continued in 2016 with our Academy squad reaching the last 16 of the National AoC cup competition and with the College mixed pair team finishing runners up in the South East Regional final.


The Basketball Academy currently competes in the AoC South East Region National cup competition. In 2016 the men’s team reached the semi-final of the South East Regional final tournament, whilst the women’s team finished 3rd respectively in the competition. Also, Academy students have completed the ‘Basketball Activators Award’ course, which will assist them with coaching in the future.


The Cricket Academy has now won the AoC Indoor 24 Cricket Regional Champions on two occasions (2014 and 2015) representing the Aoc South East Region at the National Indoor 24 Championships at Edgbaston. Most recently in 2016 and 2017 the Academy finished runners up where the team were outstanding in the ‘round robin’ style competition defeating colleges from the South East region.


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 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 Sixth Form College teams throughout the season in 2015/16 having amazing success winning 9 and losing 1 game in their first season. This success enabled the squad to compete in the elite Sussex U19’s Schools league finishing mid table respectively in their last two seasons. The Academy also entered the AoC Sport South East Regional competition in Chichester where they finished 3rd in their group.


The women’s team participated in friendly small sided games and the College entered the girls into the AoC South East Regional trials where one student was selected to represent the region at the Nationals in Nottingham. During the Rugby Men’s 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 and 2017 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 in the top 24 squads in the England National Schools Swimming Championships. Previous successes have included one of our Academy swimmers representing the South East in the 50m Freestyle and Back achieving a Silver and Bronze in the National finals in Newcastle. In 2015, one of the Academy students won the 50m Freestyle Race and qualified for the National Championships in Bath, winning the Women’s Team Swim Gold.

Table Tennis

In 2017 and 2018 the College won the AoC South East Regional final and represented the area in the Nationals in Nottingham where the South East region finished overall 1st in the national championship. Our Table Tennis Academy has won the various South East Regional Finals which have included female doubles, mixed doubles and men’s singles with the female doubles team winning the Gold in National Championships 2016 in Newcastle and in 2015 the Silver medal in Bath. Most recently, in 2018 three students from Bexhill College represented the South East Region and achieved a Silver medal at the nationals.


The Tennis Academy enters annually the LTA AEGON men’s and mixed league. In 2016/17 the Tennis Academy mixed team won their area group and reached the last 16 nationally in the LTA AEGON Mixed Team Tennis Schools Senior Students cup competition. Previous years has seen successes in the men’s team winning the AEGON Senior Students Team Tennis in Group 20, by qualifying through all three rounds of the group stages, coming out on 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 AoC South East regional finals in singles, doubles and mixed tournaments.


In the Volleyball Academy’s first season, the women’s squad won the South East Regional Final and represented the South East at the National finals in Nottingham where they achieved an outstanding fourth position nationally.

Football in association with Chelsea FC Foundation

The Football Academy Men’s first team competed in 2017/18 in the Sussex Schools U19 League finishing 3rd place, reaching the final and narrowly losing in the final of the competition. The college continues to maintain its status as the highest finishing league position college in East Sussex whilst also entering the English Schools National Cup and the AoC South East Regional final. The Football Academy second won the 2nd XI Sussex Schools u19’s League East in 2017/18. Our Women’s Football Academy team achieved a fantastic semifinal place in the AoC South East Regional tournament and won a Sussex 6-a-side tournament in 2016. Also, in 2017/18 the squad competed in the Sussex Schools U19’s league finishing 4th in the league with three students representing Sussex Schools and also attending a trial with Chelsea FC.

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 the spring term. 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 A Level
  • Sport Level 2 First Diploma
  • Sport Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • Sport Science Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Fitness Instructing 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.

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