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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-1030am
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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The Rugby Academy at Chichester College is proud to be an RFU (Rugby Football Union) Focus College. Over the next three years, the college will work with support of the RFU to establish a robust rugby pathway through further education for players of all abilities. We will work alongside Hampshire and Sussex RFUs as well as regional academies, such as Harlequins and London Irish, to provide excellent rugby experiences for students at Chichester.


The role of the Rugby Academy is to identify and develop talented young athletes from age 16 to 19 and engage them in a high performance development programme. Players can become part of the academy through a variety of routes - the only essential criteria is that they are students of the Chichester College Group.

The academy is underpinned by the outstanding education available at Chichester College, thus providing the necessary structure for each player to reach their full potential. We provide our young players with an environment in which they can grow, express themselves both personally and professionally, and achieve their dream of becoming professional rugby players.

 

Academy Vision

  • To identify, recruit and develop, from all sources, the most talented young players and bring them through the academy into their respective first XV squad;
  • To adopt a comprehensive recruitment policy in Sussex and Hampshire;
  • To provide top class coaching by qualified staff to give each Academy player the best opportunity to succeed;
  • To provide the most appropriate individual player development, mentoring and support programmes;
  • To provide the most appropriate competitive program for each player and to constantly review performance in training and matches;
  • To provide the best possible facilities for our players to succeed;
  • To provide the opportunity for academy players to continue in further or higher education;
  • To build good working relationships with other local schools, clubs, colleges and universities;
  • To teach responsibility, discipline and respect for themselves and the game; and
  • To set high standards for integrity, honesty and performance.


How can I join?
Any Chichester College student can be part of the Rugby Academy. Our excellent coaching team deliver sessions to cater for all abilities, from complete beginners to seasoned elite players. We are aiming to have a first team and development squad for both male and female students.

Trials will be taking place on Wednesday 29 August for the 2018/19 squad.

Rugby Trial Registration Form

Training:
The rugby team train twice weekly, on the rugby pitch at the front of the Chichester campus.

Training Times:
Mondays – 3.30pm – 5pm
Tuesdays – 3.30pm – 5pm

Matchdays:
Matches are played on Wednesday afternoons, with travel organised from Chichester to away fixtures. The team meet at 12.30pm at the Sports Centre

Sponsors:
Thanks to our 2017/18 season sponsors: Lions Sports Academy (www.lionsports.academy), SNAP Sponsorship (www.snapsponsorship.com) and AKUMA

Find out more:
To find out more about playing rugby at Chichester College, contact Director of Rugby - Steve Woolcombe (steve.woolcombe@chichester.ac.uk).

Or speak to a member of the coaching team: Mark Bonar, Finn Parry and Jamel McFarlane

Follow us on Twitter: @ChiRugbyAcademy

Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/245820762481237/

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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

Poppy’s Players experience Wembley thrill at FA Cup Final

A team of Chichester College footballers had a taste of the magic of Wembley on Saturday 19 May.

They were invited to the FA Cup Final as champions of the FA People’s Cup Female Futsal (college) competition.


Poppy’s Players were the first team to win this category at the FA People’s Cup, after beating AGFA 1 (from Newcastle-Under-Lyme College) 8-0 in the final at St. George’s Park in April.

They were able to parade their trophy at half-time during the weekend’s FA Cup Final, in front of a crowd of more than 87,000 fans – as well as enjoy the game from Club Wembley.

Captain Poppy Shine, who is studying a diploma in coaching and delivery of physical education, spearheaded the team’s entry into the competition as part of her role at the college as a football activator.

She said: “It was an amazing experience – we got to Wembley early to soak in the atmosphere in the fan zones before going in to the stadium.

“We were in Club Wembley and we were really well looked after, before being taken down to the pitch just before half-time.

“It was a bit unreal, waiting in the tunnel with all the Chelsea and Manchester United players walking past us before we joined Alex Scott on the pitch for the presentations.

“That was insane. We were at the FA Cup Final, on the pitch in front of all those people – a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we were given through being here at Chichester College.”

The team featured players from the college’s female football academy.

Coach Matt Wright, who joined the team at Wembley, added: “This was a brilliant way to end our first season here at Chichester College.

“We’ve seen the players really develop in the academy, and to win a national competition is brilliant for the team and for the college.

“Futsal isn’t quite the same as football, it’s a much quicker pace and you have to think a bit differently – but despite not playing it before, they took to the game quickly – as we saw by them winning the FA People’s Cup. It’s a fantastic achievement and the Wembley experience was the cherry on top.”

The Chichester College Female Football Academy will be holding trials on Wednesday 30 May, from midday. The trials are open to anyone who will be a student at Chichester College from September 2018.

To find out more, email matt.wright@chichester.ac.uk
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Championship win for Chichester College student

Chichester College student Aliya Seehawong has helped Pulborough Rugby Club to a national championship.


The 17-year-old was part of the under 18 girls team who beat Newark 36-7 in the Under 18s National Final at the weekend.

Aliya, who is studying biomedical science at the college, has been playing rugby for three years – having become interested after watching her brother compete.

She said: “I feel very proud. We didn’t reach the final last year, so we were really determined to get there this year.

“We’ve been undefeated all season, we’ve got a really strong team so we were very happy to have won the championship.”

Aliya also trains as part of the Chichester College Rugby Academy. She added: “I think the training with the academy has helped me develop as a player.

“At the moment, the girls are training with the boys – as they play differently, it helps us to learn different styles.

“I’m hoping next season, we’ll have a few more girls in the squad and maybe we can form our own team. That would be good.”


Since joining the academy, Aliya was selected to play in the AOC South East regional rugby team and recently competed in a Rugby 7s competition in Nottingham.

Aliya said: “That was a really good experience – we won four out of our seven games, playing against some big sides.

“I started rugby three years ago, so I’ve come to the game later than some of the other girls but I’m really enjoying it.

“I like being part of a team, all working together with the same goal. The Pulborough team, the academy and the regional team – everyone is really friendly and we support each other.”
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Solid first season for Rugby Academy

‘A successful start as we build for the future’. That’s the view of Steve Woolcombe, Chichester College’s satisfied Director of Rugby as he takes a look back over the season.

In his season review, Steve assessed the highlights of the academy’s first full season since the college was unveiled as one of 21 RFU Focus Colleges, part of a programme which aims to support player development.

Steve said: “It has been an exhilarating first season and the Academy has gone from strength to strength. Although we now have a bit of a break, we are already very much looking forward to our open trial, which will be held on Wednesday 29 August at Chichester College. The trial will be for any students who will be studying at the college from September.

“Back in September, we set upon the task of building a robust infrastructure to enable students across the college to benefit from the experience of being part of a Rugby Academy; from excellent coaching and equipment to a well-structured season, I am delighted to report it has been a roaring success.

“We were over the moon to see more than 60 students - male and female - across a variety of courses sign up to join the squad, reflecting the diversity of students we have here at Chichester College.



“We started the season with a very tough training game against a well-established Rugby Academy side at Cardinal Newman. The game started completely in favor of the well-drilled Cardinal side, but the growth and creativity within Chichester Academy shone through, running in four well-earned tries and easily winning the second half.

“The Academy played 19 Fixtures over the season across both Hampshire and Sussex and recorded 12 Wins and seven losses, which we considered a fantastic achievement in our first season as an Academy.

“Many of the losses were closely fought, like our first league fixture at Alton where the game was lost on the final kick in extra time. But situations like this have added resilience to the squad.

“We can also boast beating our nearest rivals, Havant & South Downs College and claiming many scalps at the Trojans event, beating teams from Itchen, Peter Symonds, Havant & South Downs, Isle of Wight and Southampton. 

“Our successes have far outweighed our disappointments; the coaching team of Mark Bonar, Finn Parry and Jamal McFarlane have been excellent all year and in Finn and Jamels case both have achieved their RFU L2 coaching status. Jamel is also a student of Chichester University and strengthens our ongoing partnership with the University.


“We have several players that continue to play for Hampshire or Sussex and many of our girls are playing in national finals, with Aliya Seehawong representing the South East Regional Squad.

“Our success without doubt is down to the support from the RFU, as a focus college we receive annual funding and coaching support for the next three years, which has guaranteed our status.

“In our first year, our focus was in becoming established and succession planning. Next year, we see more exciting developments.

“We will be taking ownership of brand new sponsored pitch furniture including international standard rugby posts.

“We are also planning a rugby tour to either Spain or Portugal, which will take place in Spring 2019, where 30 players will spend a week playing rugby and representing the college.

“We are also looking to expand our rugby development with Lions Rugby Academy, our principle sponsor, and we will start running rugby camps here at the college for all junior players.

“As Director of Rugby for the college, I am thrilled not only to be involved but also with the level of support from all college staff in ensuring our initial success.

“We are now taking a well-earned break but also you will be able to see the Academy undertake their pre-season starting in June, using the expertise of our strength and conditioning lecturers.

“We will then start the 2018/19 season with our open trials here at the college for all Chichester and Brinsbury college students on Wednesday 29 August, where we are expecting around 120 players, based on course sign up so far.”
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College’s female football team celebrates first win

BHASVIC 1 – Chichester College 2

Match report by Charlie Bundell

Chichester College’s Female Football Academy were celebrating this week, after recording their first win of the season against BHASVIC.

They travelled to the Withdean Stadium on Wednesday with a point to prove, having been beaten at home earlier this season.

Chichester, playing with the wind in their favour, were slow to start but after a few changes and some words from manager Matt Wright and coach Emma Alexandre they soon tightened up their play and started passing more freely.

Pressing forward, Chichester looked promising in attack and demonstrated some good defensive movement with players behind the ball, ensuring when BHASVIC did breach the line there were always players at the back to prevent crosses entering the box.

Neither team was able to break the deadline, taking the teams into half-time at 0-0.

A motivating team-talk from Wright and Alexandre saw Chichester emerge after the break with their heads held high. They kept the pace up and continued passing the ball well.

As Chichester looked more assured than in the previous fixture, so BHASVIC started to look shaky as they began to make mistakes.

Chichester capitalised when midfielder Alice Walford beat the defence and crossed the ball in for attacker Alex COLLIGHAN to make it 1-0 to Chichester.

With Chichester ahead, their motivation soared as multiple players pushed forward, making amazing runs with ball and attacking the BHASVIC goal.

Although Molly Thorns, Teri Foster, Nicole Robinson and Gracie White all had good chances, unfortunately their efforts just went wide of the target – until WALFORD shot from outside the box to double the Chichester lead.

A two goal lead gave the Chichester side a real buzz and chance after chance came but none were able to reach the back of the net, while BHASVIC fought back for a consolation goal.

However with barely anytime on the clock, they were unable to find an equaliser and Chichester finally secured their first win.

Manager Matt Wright said: “It was great to see the girls playing the style of football we have been striving towards. Although the result is a great bonus, the true success came from the girls playing the best football we have seen so far this season.

“Every player at the college is on a journey as an individual and as part of the team. So far two of the college players have progressed into the first team squad at Chichester Ladies, this is far beyond anything we could have expected.”

Chichester: Poppy Shine, Nicole Robinson, Gracie White, Charlie Bundell, Teri Foster, Abi Field, Babette Schutte, Grace Greenshields, Alex Collighan, Alice Walford, Molly Thorns, Ellie Wright, Tegan Andrade-Paris, Katie Lawrence

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