Academy of Sport – BCS/ESFA Trial News – 04.11.12

The Worthing College Academy of Sport have no less than eleven performers through to the second stage of three for British Colleges’ Sport representation across four sports.

The Women’s Football Performance Programme have seven players, who will represent the South East in a match against the South West on Monday 5th November in Berkshire.  Goalkeeper Natalie Woolven, Amy Green, Izzy Burt, Charlotte Poole, Darcey James, Becky Simmonds and Paige Adams impressed during their South East trial.  The Men’s Football Performance Programme winger Ryan Fergany is also through to the second stage, which takes place as Bisham Abbey, also on Monday 5th.  Lewis Maslen and Josh Mitchell from the Rugby Performance Programme will represent the South East in their second phase trial.  The final student is Lily Ross-Thomas, who will be taking part in the second phase of the BCS Hockey trial on Wednesday 7th November.

This prompted Academy Manager Tina Price to highlight these achievements “this again shows how far the Academy of Sport has come since its inception in 2007.  This provision is allowing students to fulfil their potential both on and off the sporting arena and compete with some of the best performers at their age in the country.  This is something that the whole Academy programme will celebrate as we are all working towards the same goal of player development and academic achievement.”

In addition to this Ryan Fergany and his younger brother James Fergany have made it through to the third stage of the England Schools Under 18’s squad selection, which took place on Sunday 4th November at Rayners Lane FC, Harrow.  The Fergany brothers were in the South East team to face the South West with the final stage being a weekend training camp at Lilleshall.  Men’s Football Performance Coach Dave Hall showed his pride for the boys achievements when saying “it has been a fantastic few years for the squad and all this hard work is beginning to provide individual honours as well as team successes.  Both James and Ryan, along with all the squad have been working hard to develop their game and this is something that the whole squad will celebrate.  In my other role as joint Sussex Schools Manager at under 18 level we were also extremely pleased that out of nine Sussex players that went forward (including Worthing’s Jack Fagan) seven made it through to the third stage (Fagan missing out by 0.1 on goalkeeping tests), which shows that football in this area is extremely strong and that these players are competing at the highest level for their age group in the country as well as regionally.  Massive credit to all these young talented individuals.”

Onwards & Upwards,


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