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As a student at Chichester College, you'll benefit from being able to join and train with a number of official sports clubs. From running to rugby, we’ve got opportunities for everyone – whether you want to play competitively or just keep fit. Most of our teams compete regionally, and you’ll find information about how to join below.

Britain’s most popular indoor racket sport, badminton is a perfect introduction to racket sports for many. The college badminton club meets twice a week, with drop-in sessions helping you to learn the sport, play games and meet new people.


There's also an opportunity to join the college team, which participates in the AoC (Association of Colleges) Cup and other local college leagues. Chichester College’s Jude Blackman is the reigning Regional Men’s Singles Champion and an AoC National Silver Medallist (South East Team).


How can I join?
Badminton is open to any Chichester College student – just come along to one of the sessions and join in.

Training:
The club meets twice a week in the Sports Centre:

Tuesdays – 4.30pm-6pm
Wednesdays – 1.15pm-2.15pm

These are fun, enrichment sessions for players of all abilities.

Find out more:
To find out more, contact Nathan Warren (nathan.warren@chichester.ac.uk

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Chichester College’s new female football academy is the latest development aimed at raising the profile of female football at the college.

Working with Chichester City Ladies Football Club, you will be supported with technical and tactical training, sports therapy, a personal trainer and strength and conditioning sessions – as well as the potential to develop through to the first team of Chichester City Ladies Football Club, who currently compete in the FA Women’s Premier League South.

 

How can I join?

Any Chichester College student can be part of the Female Football Academy. Our experienced coaching team deliver sessions which cater for all abilities.

Depending on ability, players competing for the academy side will have the opportunity to progress into the City Ladies first team.

 

Training:

The academy has regular training sessions each week, as follows:

  • Strength and conditioning: Monday - 9.15am-10.30am
  • Technical training: Tuesday – 3.30pm-5pm
  • Personal training session: Friday 3.15pm-4.15pm


Matchdays:

Matches are played on Wednesday afternoons, with travel organised from Chichester to away fixtures.

Find out more:

To find out more about joining the female football academy at Chichester College, contact Matt Wright (matt.wright@chichester.ac.uk).


 

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Netball is England’s biggest female team sport, with at least one million women estimated to be playing each week during the season. We're proud to have a thriving netball team, competing in the Sussex School League and Chichester Women’s League.
 

How can I join?
Any Chichester College student can be part of the team.

Training:
The team trains each week, on Tuesdays from 3.30pm on the netball courts at our Chichester campus.

Matchdays:
Sussex School League matches are played on Wednesday afternoons, while the Chichester Women’s League fixtures are held on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm.

Find out more:
To find out more about playing netball at Chichester College, contact Nicola Holmes (nicola.holmes@chichester.ac.uk).

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Football is the most popular team sport in the world – and in Britain its popularity appears to show no sign in slowing down. At Chichester College, we have a strong football pedigree with several players representing England in college competitions around Europe and others even going on to forge successful playing careers, including in the Football League. Chichester is also home to a Football Academy, affiliated with Bognor Regis FC – which offers students a pathway to playing football at club level.


How can I join?
Any Chichester College student can be come along to our open football training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Depending on ability, players may also be invited to progress into the college’s Football Academy which offers opportunities to play for the elite teams as well as Bognor Regis FC and the England Colleges side.

Training:
Open training sessions are held twice weekly on the astroturf at Chichester campus:
Tuesdays: 4pm-5pm
Thursdays: 5pm-6pm

Matchdays:
Matches are played on Wednesday afternoons, with travel organised from Chichester to away fixtures.

Find out more:
To find out more about playing football for Chichester College, contact David Daniel (david.daniel@chichester.ac.uk), Paul Hinshelwood (paul.hinshelwood@chichester.ac.uk) or Darin Killpartrick (darin.killpartrick@chichester.ac.uk)

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Hockey is a growing sport, with increasing popularity following Team GB’s successes at recent Olympic Games and World Cup competitions. As well as college team, the campus is also home to Chichester City Hockey Club.

How can I join?
Any Chichester College student can join the college team. Just pop along to one of the training sessions to join in.

Training:
The team meet twice a week, with training on Tuesdays (4-5pm) and gym sessions on Wednesdays (2-3pm)

Find out more:
To find out more about playing hockey at Chichester College, contact Becky Gell (becky.gell@chichester.ac.uk)

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Joining a running group or club is a great way to commit to running regularly – and our group is open to runners of all standards. Whether you’re starting out or have been running for years. Running is a fantastic way to get fit, boosting your mood as well as burning calories.


How can I join?
Any Chichester College student or staff member can come along to our running group, and there is an opportunity to progress into entering organised runs if you want.

Training:
The group meets once a week, on Wednesdays from 2.15pm-3.15pm at the Sports Centre.

Find out more:
To find out more, contact Wayne Hodkinson (wayne.hodkinson@chichester.ac.uk)

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News

Chichester College net championship title

Chichester College’s netball team have been crowned champions of the Chichester Premier Division.


Their championship title was confirmed after they demolished previous holders MNC Wolverines 44-23 on Thursday night (2 May).

The team, who were only promoted to the Premier Division in September and are the youngest in the league, have enjoyed a fantastic second season in the top flight – beaten only once in 12 matches.

Coach Nicola Holmes said: “I am extremely proud of the girls, who have really worked their socks off.

“They did well in the winter season – which was their first season in the Premier Division - but I never expected them to adapt so quickly and be so dominant in spring season, only our season in this division.

“To win the championship with a game to go, and in such style against an experienced Wolves team is fantastic. They have done so well.

“But it’s not just about how they’ve performed on the court. They’ve shown a lot of commitment throughout the season – they have all taken turns scoring and umpiring as well.

“The college joined the Chichester League four years ago, and it’s been brilliant to see how the team has evolved and developed. We naturally have new players coming in, and the way they’ve come together as a team is fantastic.

“We’re all very proud and we look forward to defending our title!”


The championship winning squad featured seven players, from across the sport and A-level departments at the college, was captained by Molly Adamson.

She was joined in the team by Leah Wilson (who was voted Players’ Player of the Season by the league), Carmen Keen, Emily Guiry, Jenna Partridge, Jodie Largon, Hannah Emerson and Freya Maloney.
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Chichester’s ‘Golden Girls’ lift national title

A football fairytale come true.

That’s how Chichester College’s Female Football Academy’s rise to golden glory at this year’s AoC Sport National Championships has been described.



The Academy, which is only in its second year, saw off competition from eight other college sides – many of them elite category sides with links to The FA Women’s Super League - to claim victory and be crowned national champions.

Team captain Gracie White, 18, said: “It is unbelievable.

“The whole weekend was incredible and to wake up as champions is an amazing feeling for all of us.

“Some of the other teams had international players and had experience playing in the Super League, so we knew it was going to be tough. I don’t think any of us could have dreamed that we were going to come away with the championship.

“I just think the reason we won was down to the raw passion, determination and drive that we showed. I think we really wanted it and the whole team was buzzing – we kept each other going.”

Having excelled at the regional stage of the competition back in the autumn, the Chichester team was undefeated in the finals (six wins and two draws), to take a nail-biting victory over Bristol Academy for the gold medal.

Matt Wright, Deputy Head of Learning and manager of the college’s Female Football Academy, said:  “This is a very special achievement – I’ve coached a lot of teams, and won a few trophies, but this is right up there as one of the highlights of my career.

“It’s hard to put it into words what this means to us – we were one of only two non-elite sides competing at the competition and I don’t think anyone saw us coming!

“We just kept winning matches against top teams. We were the underdogs but the girls were phenomenal. They played brilliantly and just kept going.

“This is our second year – I don’t think any of us could have imagined this happening so quickly.

“These players came through the first ever youth team that we formed here at Chichester, which was part of a college project run by former students. They came through the youth system, college and now national champions!

“It’s like a fairytale sporting moment for us. The girls have worked hard and trained hard with Emma Alexandre, their coach. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Chichester College’s gold medal capped a successful weekend for the Chichester College Group at this year’s championship.

Worthing College, who merged with the group just a few weeks ago, also took Gold in the Netball competition.

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chief Executive of the Chichester College Group, added: “I think I speak for everyone across the college when I say how proud we all are of our teams’ performances at the AoC Sport National Finals.

“They demonstrated great character and determination to win gold and be crowned national champions. It is a tremendous achievement and one that they will be able to look back on in years to come with pride.

“Congratulations to each and every member of both teams.”
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Chichester College a ‘Super Hub' for football

Chichester College has been named as an Association of Colleges (AOC) football Super Hubs across England.

The college is one of just 22 colleges from across the country to have been selected for the project, which – working in partnership with The FA - has been formed to demonstrate the excellence and innovation of football and futsal in Further Education (FE).

It means the college will be working with other college, The FA and AoC to introduce and develop new initiatives as well as access additional support in the delivery of football and futsal at Chichester College.

David Daniel, football lecturer at Chichester College, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as a football Super Hub – it is a direct reflection of the commitment the college shows not only to the development of football, but to sport as a whole.

“We are proud to be home to two successful football academies, working closely with Bognor Town and Chichester Ladies football clubs to develop young talent and we are already seeing our young players progressing into the first teams of both clubs.

“This new partnership project with The FA and AoC will provide even more fantastic opportunities to our players.”

Chichester College’s inclusion builds on several recent successes for the college’s football department, which has seen four players called up to international duty – Liam Brady and Dylan Jelley for the England Colleges men’s squad, LouLou Robson for England Colleges women’s squad and Alex Collighan for the Northern Ireland Under 19s women’s squad.

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From strength to strength

Around 15 months on from its launch, Chichester College’s Rugby Academy is continuing to thrive with players coming from clubs across the county (and beyond) – looking to develop their skills as well as gain an outstanding education.

As we head towards 2019, Steve Woolcombe, the college’s Director of Rugby, has been looking back at the past year.

Steve said: “Rugby continues to flourish here at Chichester College, we have a new team this year with mixed ability - from having never played to accomplished county players, and we continue to recruit new players each week who are studying here; many of whom have never considered playing rugby before.

“After our amazing first year, the coaching team and I recognised the huge task ahead to achieve the milestone year two goals of our three-year plan with the RFU. As an RFU Focus college, we have regular meetings with the England Colleges team who provide the infrastructure for us to build the Academy here and have been so supportive through year one.

“We opened our season with trials back in August. With 18 students from last year’s squad having completed their courses at the college, we were very much looking to build the squad from our new students.

“We had a great response, with 33 new students studying courses across the college - from Apprenticeships, A-Levels, Sports and a handful of very talented International students – turning out for us. There was a good mix of skill levels with the majority were completely new to the game.

“The squad this year includes players who have represented clubs across Hampshire and Sussex such as; Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham Heathens, Gosport, Pulborough, Horsham, Bognor and Worthing so taking all those players and putting them into a competitive team is a coach’s challenge but the diversity in the squad is fantastic.

“Our Sponsors ‘Lions Academy’ have provided all our new pitch furniture, which looks amazing with the backdrop of the Cathedral.

“Looking ahead to the New Year, we have yet more exciting projects in the pipeline, including a new duralock perimeter fence to surround and show off our excellent 1XV pitch at the front of the college - this will provide a real spectacle as you near the entrance to Chichester College.

“We have also agreed a partnership with University of Chichester, where we have students who form part of our coaching team, developing their own skills under the tuition of our excellent coaches. They will add huge value to the Academy squads.

“From January, we will also be visiting many of the schools across the local area to promote our academy and identify the potential talent for the future. Already we have seen a large number of students investing their future in our rugby programme and will be studying here from September 2019.

“Longer term, we are looking to develop a sports course specifically designed around academy players, which will provide them opportunity to pursue their rugby aspirations whilst receiving excellent study programmes here at the college.”

The College’s Rugby Academy have now started their Christmas and will return in January.

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