What will I learn?
We recognise that players develop at different times and as a result have a tiered programme for players of all abilities. Our coaches regularly evaluate performance, giving a target to improve individual performance and move into the next tier.
All players train at least three times per week and play in a comprehensive match programme. In 2017/18 we had teams competing in the following leagues and competitions: National Football Youth League under AFC Bournemouth CST Sparsholt, National League Youth Alliance, Hampshire Colleges Football League, FA Youth Cup, Hants Midweek Floodlit Cup and English Colleges Cup.
At elite level a very successful season saw us compete at the top of the league table throughout the season and lose narrowly after extra time and penalties to Tottenham Hotspur in the cup competition quarter-final stage.
In direct partnership with AFC Bournemouth, most players in the Elite Tier have had experience at Academy level and their programme is structured to give the best possible chance to succeed as a professional footballer.
Elite Development Tier
The Elite Development Tier will allow players to compete at the same level as players within the Elite Tier, with genuine opportunity for players to improve and progress. Players within the development tier will benefit from an extremely competitive environment involving all the key aspects a footballer needs to improve their performance.
This programme allows players to train in a high quality, competitive environment and play at the highest level of college football in Hampshire. There are opportunities for players to progress into the Elite Development Tier and to attach to external clubs for weekend football to develop further.
Most of our Tier 2 players will take part in college football as well as gaining all the benefits of a full-time training environment.
Tier 3 is designed for players who enjoy football within a less competitive environment. Training is still full-time but slightly more relaxed and will allow less experienced players an opportunity to have fun and improve.
Second Chance Elite squad players will have opportunities to showcase their talent by:
• Taking part in training led by high quality AFC Bournemouth Coaches
• Visiting AFC Bournemouth’s training ground to participate in training
• Regular performance monitoring from Sparsholt College staff
• Feedback to AFC Bournemouth regarding progress
• Opportunity to play matches against AFC Bournemouth Academy
• Take part in matches as AFC Bournemouth (Sparsholt) in the National Football Youth League (U19)
Andover Town FC
Players will have the opportunity to play senior football at Andover Town FC. The club is run by the College and plays Wessex League football at the Portway Stadium in Andover. This gives senior opportunities for our second year players as well as a progression route at the end of the programme.
• Technical and tactical skills in sport
• Sports psychology
• Talent identification and development in sport
• Analysis of sports performance
• Training and fitness programming
• Nutrition and sport performance
What grades will I need?
Level 3 Extended Diploma
- Five GCSEs at grade C/4 including Maths and English at 4/C or Level 2 Diploma at Merit Level plus GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 or above in English and Maths.
Level 2 Diploma
• Four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above, Maths and English at grade D/3 or Level 1 Diploma
You will be required to work towards Maths or English GCSE if you do not have a grade C/4 or above.
For international students, full FA/FIFA international clearance would be required prior to playing in FA-registered matches.
What can I study next?
• FdSc or BSc in a sport or fitness related field
• Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Coaching
- Professional and semi-professional football player
- Football coaching
- Employment in sports and/or leisure
- Scholarships in the USA
Optional Additional Qualifications
• FA Level 1 Certificate in Football Coaching
• Active IQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor
• Fitness Management
• Group Exercise Instructor
• Multi Sports Instructor