What are Sports Academies?

GC Sports Academies are a great opportunity to develop yourself in your chosen sport, with training Monday afternoons and competing in fixtures every Wednesday during term-time.

There are so many reasons to join GC sports Academies:

  • 6-10 hours professional coaching each week
  • Academy clothing package
  • Post-match analysis
  • NGB Coaching/Officiating Qualification in your sport
  • Progression pathways in your chosen sport to elite teams
  • The opportunity to compete against people of your own age, locally, regionally and nationally
  • Free travel to and from training and matches
  • Representing the College in the AoC West Midlands League and Cup competitions as well as internal competitions.

And we have a number of sports for students to get involved in….

Case Study

The students were tasked with creating a business plan and designing a pair of Olympic-themed pants that they could sell to raise money for ‘Pants to Poverty’.

The three Gloucester-based teenagers with the team name ‘Kecks and Bloomers’ won an internal competition beating off five other College teams to go through to the next level of the competition with their ‘Keep Calm and Be British’ design.

The designers then had to sell 500 pairs of their bespoke pants by 1st June to be in with a chance of winning the overall competition and being given the opportunity to visit a village in India where the Pants to Poverty project is crucial.

Design student Alex Elmer-Menage said:

“It is an incredible opportunity to see a country we wouldn’t normally have the chance to visit. If we can help make a difference to people living there, it will be worth all of the hard work we have put in. We have all been on Facebook, Twitter and a few other websites promoting the design – please support us and buy a pair of pants!”

Greg Smith said:

“This is a fantastic project. The students have worked very hard to create and promote their pants and now have to sell 500 pairs! I will definitely buy a pair from the young entrepreneurs and would encourage everyone else to do so as well. It’s a great experience for the students and a very worthwhile cause.”