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GC Sports Academies 2016-17


GC Basketball Academy is part of the Gloucester Saxons and Gloucestershire School of Basketball owned by Gloucestershire College. Academy students will have access to specific basketball training, competing in both the AOC leagues and local and national leagues at various age groups including u18, u20 and senior level.

As part of the Gloucester Saxons Basketball Club Academy, students will be involved in a new club which will include numerous age group teams for male and female participants, from six years of age and upwards. Academy students will also be able to access recognised national qualifications in coaching, officiating and volunteering whilst at the academy. Qualifications which will be invaluable on any CV or UCAS application.

Basketball activity will include individual, team and tactical development; alongside athletic development which will be basketball specific for individuals and includes strength and conditioning. Coaching will be delivered by Danny James and his team. Danny is a former professional athlete, international player and advanced basketball coach having developed Basketball in the UK for over 20 years.

Head Coach – Danny James


Gloucestershire College will be running a men’s 11-a-side football team from the Gloucester Campus in 2016-2017 season. Competing in the AoC West Midlands 3E league, students will have the chance to play each week in the league as well as the AoC Knock out Cup.

Training will take place every Monday afternoon at Abbeydale Community Centre, with free transport from the college to the training ground. This year, there will also be a chance for students to develop their skills off-the-pitch by applying for our Football Activator roles. Being a Football Activator will allow you access to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in order to develop your coaching or officiating role in football.

Head Coach – Christopher Gardner


This year we will be looking to grow our already popular futsal team at both Gloucester Campus and the Forest of Dean Campus. Contact Stephen.barber@gloscol.ac.uk for more info.


In the 2016-17 season we will have a number of netball opportunities for students, from simply taking part in social Netball to our full Netball Academy.

Coached by Theresa Veale, this year the Netball Academy will be supported by England Netball and their Community Development Coaches. The Academy will compete in the AoC College Netball League 2, as well as the AoC Cup competitions.

Head Coach – Theresa Veale

Rugby League

Opening its doors in September 2016, the Rugby League Academy at Gloucestershire College will provide an opportunity for young players in the region to continue their studies alongside developing themselves as a Rugby League player; in a pathway to University and the professional game.

In partnership with the University of Gloucestershire All Gold's, students benefit from up to six hours a week of Rugby League activity scheduled during curriculum and alongside studies in a range of academic and vocational subjects at the College. With sessions taking place at the University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls Campus, the squad will have weekly strength and conditioning coaching alongside two team fields based sessions and regular playing opportunities.

Coached by Ex-Super League and current All Gold's first team player, Alex Davidson, the squad will also benefit from support of staff on the University's academic programmes.

Head Coach – Alex Davidson

GC Sports Academies trial dates

We are looking to recruit our next cohort of GC Sports Academy participants for 2017-2018.

There will be trial training sessions held throughout the year for potential students to attend and try out for an Academy of their choice.

The dates for the trials:

Rugby League:

21 November, 6 February, 22 May


21 November, 6 February, 22 May


16 November, 1 February, 17 May


17 November, 2 February, 18 May


For more information about any of our GC Sports Academies, please contact the GC Sports Academy Coordinator Stephen Barber:

Email: Stephen.barber@gloscol.ac.uk

Tel: 01452 563274

Mobile: 07920 018071

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