The Crawley Town Community Foundation’s Post-16 Football & Education Academy has returned from winter break determined to kick on with the fantastic start everyone made in the first term of the academic year both in the classroom and on the football pitch.
By the end of January, all students will have sat their first exams of the year in subjects, such as, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Development, Sports Business and Fitness Training & Programming.
The students have been working very hard on revising and researching the subjects and staff have been impressed by the endeavour that they have all shown since returning from their Christmas holidays.
Away from the classroom, the students have been put through their mid-season fitness tests and we’ve seen some fantastic improvements from the vast majority of students. Players were put through 13 fitness tests, including a range of 1 Rep Max tests in the Crawley Town first team gym, speed and agility tests and the dreaded Bleep Test.
Over the next month, the squad have a number of highly competitive fixtures coming up in National Football Youth League (NFYL) and Sussex Schools County Cup competitions. The first fixture takes place on Friday 21st January as our South Reserves, who are currently top of the league, face QPR at our home ground, Horsham FC’s Camping World Community Stadium.
That fixture will be followed up by our South Championship squad playing in an NFYL Cup match away to Cambridge United on Wednesday 26th January, with the Reserves in action in the NFYL Trophy on the 28th against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Foundation Academy squad will face the ever-impressive Bede’s School from Eastbourne, coached by Sussex Schools under-18 head coach, David Caryer, in the Sussex Schools 1st XI County Cup on 2nd February.
Finally, last week the Foundation Academy’s new recruits came together for the first time and played in a very high-level, in-house game. The new recruits have all been playing high-level local football, some for professional academies, prior to agreeing to join the programme next September, and all the prospective students are targeting GCSE grades of 5 or above so that they can access the BTEC Sport Level 3 course, equivalent to three A-levels, next September.
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