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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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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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Draw heralds progress for female football academy

Chichester College 1 Cardinal Newman College 1

Match report by Charlie Bundell

Chichester College’s Female Football Academy celebrated their progress with a long-awaited draw on Wednesday (6 December).

After a tough run of games, they hosted Cardinal Newman at Oaklands Park in the Association of Colleges League and the home side certainly had a point to prove having been beaten 5-0 by their visitors back in October.

Chichester settled into the game quickly, passing the ball with ease as they pressed up the pitch and they had many chances to attack their opposition’s goal only for Newman to win the ball back.

The visitors took the opportunity to increase the pace of play but Chichester refused to be fazed, remaining organised and calmly defending the ball in midfield and defence.

As half-time approached, both teams attempted to break the deadlock but neither was successful.

After the break, Chichester started brightly and, in high spirit, they plunged straight into the match with a solid back-line denying Cardinal Newman each opportunity as they tried to break through.

Keeper Poppy Shine demonstrated quick reflexes to keep the visitors from breaking ahead – however, Newman ramped up the game and started to put more pace on their passes which paid off when, halfway through the second half, they scored to make it 1-0.

Despite falling behind, Chichester’s heads remained high and reacted with a series of passes, driving up the pitch.

With Cardinal Newman caught on the back foot, they begun to give away more corners which proved to be their undoing, as with every corner Chichester seemed to get closer to scoring until finally striker Teri Foster crossed the ball in perfectly to defender Abi Field. FIELD had to adjust her body, but was able to intercept the ball with her knee.

It looped over the visiting defence and into goal to level the score.

With a comeback on and time running out, Chichester piled on the pressure and were unlucky not to score another before final whistle – recording their first draw and deserved confidence boost for a progressing academy side.

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

 

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Rugby Academy in seventh heaven with league win

Chichester College 31 Itchen College 20

Match report by Steve Woolcombe


Chichester College’s Rugby Academy were again in league action this week at Itchen College, and were straight back into winning ways with their seventh straight victory.

Having beaten Itchen at the Central Venue event the previous week, the squad was confident going into the match.

The Academy was boosted by the return from injury of county loosehead Lewis Woolcombe, who has scored hat tricks in his last two games, and tighthead Alfred Montague.

It meant Chichester travelled to Eastleigh RFC with a near full strength squad – just missing their powerhouse centre, Simon Zbieranowski who is recovering from a knock he picked during last week’s game.

The match kicked off with some good early possession from Chichester, their forwards dominated early driving hard into the Itchen defence and over to score almost from the kick-off – 7-0 with the conversion converted from Atama Taylor.

Shocked by the sheer ferocity of the Chichester forwards, Itchen could do nothing but defend wave after wave of attack, with only errors from Chichester academy foiling further scoring opportunities.

Itchen did show glimpses through the first half of some great attacking play, their big county centre driving play and making some great gains giving Itchen the opportunity with some forward balls.

Itchen College built some momentum and gained a well-deserved score through the disorganised Chichester defence which allowed the Itchen back line some space and an easy run through to the try line.

It brought a definite shift in momentum as Itchen found another gear, their big ball carriers started finding some possession.

And with Itchen building phases, Chichester looked vulnerable in defence. Itchen pounded the Chichester defensive line, with some big hits coming in from Lewis Woolcombe, Luke Potter and Jamie Holmes. The first half ended 12–10 in Chichester favour but Itchen were very much on the front foot.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first, with all the possession ending up on the Chichester side.

Again, the odd dropped ball allowed some rest bite for Itchen, but Chichester were well on top.

Chichester scored again from some great play from the forwards with a simple popped ball from scrumhalf Jim Tribe to James Gillett at speed, driving through the entire Itchen defence to touch down. The ensuing conversation allowed Chichester to start edging away.

The game continued with Chichester dominating large parts, the Itchen defence scrambling to keep the electric Chichester backline from scoring every time they had the ball.

As the game wore on and changes were made through the Chichester squad, the game once again shifted in favour of Itchen. Chichester however, with an unassailable 20 point lead at this point, could relax.

Needing to find that extra gear, Haydon Scott normally a centre came on into the back row, making an instant impact he carried the ball and put Chichester back on the front foot.

In the closing minutes Itchen were able to score with the Chichester defence penalised for offside, which allowed the Itchen tighthead a chance to touchdown.

From the kick off Itchen were awarded a penalty for handling in the ruck, despite the Itchen player dropping the ball at the tap, the referee allowed a re-take. Still reeling in this decision Chichester had to defend for the remaining seconds as Itchen retained the ball, eventually Itchen knocked on with the pressure exerted from the Chichester backs and the game concluded 31-20.

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