Football Development Centre open training day

Our Football Development Centre held an open training day, for students looking to study sport at the College. The centre is also open to those who just want to join a passionate footballing team.

Over 40 students attended the day, which involved a range of coaching, fitness and performance analysis sessions. Our Football Development Centre Manager, Ronnie Thompson, organised a professional coaching experience for the students. Ronnie, while working at the College, also coaches at the NUFC Academy. Michael Richardson supported the event and is known for working for Newcastle Foundation. Together, Michael and Ronnie delivered coaching to the students on the College’s football fields.

The football programme we offer ensures students are coached by knowledgeable and experienced coaches. Ronnie said:

“The day was a great success in terms of the number of male and female students who attended the camp. The event is a great opportunity for the players to showcase their footballing abilities. The talent was of a very high standard and I am confident, teamed with the quality of students enrolling on our sport courses, the College will continue its winning streak.We have already reached on Cup Final, and have the potential to reach one more final, as well as winning the NECL Premier League title after Easter.”

Students from the whole of Country Durham, and beyond, attended the session. Current students travel from areas such as Sedgefield, Chester-Le-Street and Newton Aycliffe to study and play for our Football Development Centre.

During training sessions and matches, our players are supported by students studying our higher level sport programmes. Degree students from our BSc Sport & Exercise Development programme are involved in fitness testing and performance analysis. The students have access to Catapult GPS systems, to monitor playing load, distance covered at set speed thresholds and physiological markers, such as heart rate.

Simon Fairbairn, BSc Sport & Exercise Development Course Leader, said:

“Achieving good grades is at the forefront of our priorities, however, we believe it is important for our students to develop their skills in a working environment. We encourage our students to gain valuable work experience so they can evidence it in job applications. The work they do with the College’s Football Development Centre is only a small part of the employer engagement activities that our courses offer. We work with a number of sports organisations to support the students learning and development.”

Barry Poskett, Curriculum Manager for Sport, said: “The Football Development Centre at New College Durham is a central part of our sporting curriculum. Attendance at the open training day has allowed students to showcase their talents and experience the levels of expertise our students are able to reach when it comes to assessing, analysing and performance profiling individual players.”

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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Development (Top-up)

This programme will top-up your foundation degree in a sport related area. It will provide you with a high level of knowledge and practical skills, to prepare you for a successful career in the sport and leisure industry. You will explore the science behind sport, human movement and physical activity.