England Colleges Representative Teams
About the England Colleges National Teams
England Colleges representative teams have been operating for over 10 years. Following a one-year suspension in 2014/15 as part of a competitions review, AoC Sport was delighted to announce the relaunch of England Colleges Men’s and Women’s Teams in 2015/16 as part of a two-year pilot with Future Elite Sports as official partner and funder of both squads.
England Colleges provides a unique and exciting opportunity for talented male and female footballers to perform at international level representing their country through domestic and international fixtures. Players are considered across AoC Sport member colleges in England through a two-phased trial process starting in October half-term, with online nominations for trial places considered from AoC Sport member colleges solely.
The England Colleges National Team programme represents the pinnacle of college football. The overall aim of the ECFA International Programme is to develop students who are combining full-time studies in further education colleges with playing high level football, whilst offering talented college staff high quality professional development opportunities.
We aim to:
1. Develop an aspirational representative football programme that allows every player to reach their potential.
2. To develop an effective system which allows players in full-time further education to represent their country, access a unique and high quality experience and gain meaningful minutes that add value to their existing club and college football.
3. To identify players within college football with outstanding ability and place them in an environment designed to produce football and educational excellence, raising their aspirations to progress further with their studies and football.
4. Identify coaches and workforce with high potential working within the FE sector.
5. Track the progression of players, coaches and support staff beyond their involvement with England Colleges and use their success as inspiration to future generations of players and workforce.
6. Work with key partners and sponsors to ensure the long term progression and sustainability of the England Colleges programme.
The philosophy of the programme is a combination of the high performance requirements expected of an England team integrated with education values. This means creating an environment which applies learning concepts, long-term player development principles and strives for best practice in the development of elite performance (appropriate to the 16-19 age group). The infrastructure and delivery mechanisms in place to support this include:
1. Working with highly qualified and skilled coaches and expert staff within this age group
2. Appropriate competitive fixtures against high-quality elite, national and international teams to provide players with meaningful minutes
3. Embedding the England DNA
4. A multi-disciplinary support programme embracing sports science disciplines
5. Access to high-quality facilities
6. Utilising technology, innovation and educational concepts to inform programming
7. A culture of improvement and personal development
8. A holistic approach to player development working in collaboration with players’ colleges, clubs, and where appropriate The FA
Our Partner and Sponsor
Future Elite Sports are the Official Partner and Funder of the England Colleges National Teams; providing essential sponsorship which enables the England Colleges programme to run, as well as operational staff support to design the domestic and international fixture programme for both the men’s and women’s team.
Greg Josling, Partner at FES said: ‘We at FES are delighted with our ongoing partnership with AoC Sport. We are not only extremely pleased with the very successful reformation of the ECFA National Team programme in 2015, but are even more excited about how the men’s & women’s programmes are shaping up for the coming seasons’.
‘This past year we have successfully linked over 80 students from within the UK college system to American universities on various scholarships and this wouldn’t be possible without the support from AoC Sport. Through working alongside AoC Sport we are able to offer students even more opportunities once they leave the college system and the resurgence of the ECFA National Team programme has undoubtedly helped all students involved to develop as players and as people. Our goal working with ECFA as part of AoC Sport is to support students to reach their potential through football.’
Find Out More:
For more information please contact our Football Competitions Administrator or Apprentice
How to join the team
Players: Trials are held in October half-term for both the men’s and women’s teams. To attend, students must be nominated by their college. The college must be a member of AoC Sport in order for student nominations to be accepted. Nominations open in September via an online survey.
Staff: If you are interested in joining the volunteer staff team please contact our National Football Development Manager with your CV and details on how you could contribute to the England Colleges programme.