Nominations open for ECFA Men’s and Women’s National Team programme 2016/17

AoC Sport is delighted to announce member colleges can now nominate students for the ECFA Men’s and Women’s National Team programme for the 2016-17 season, as part of the two year partnership with funders Future Elite Sports (FES).

Women 's Team V ISFA

It is our main priority to ensure AoC Sport, in partnership with Future Elite Sports, delivers a high-quality ECFA National Team Programme in order to provide students and staff with a memorable and positive experience.

As we enter the second year of the two-year pilot with Future Elite Sports, we have enhanced the programme by building on the success of our inaugural year and adding additional fixtures, high-profile inspirational speakers and a larger support team of staff in order to enhance the student experience.

The teams will be voluntarily managed and coached by highly FA qualified and experienced coaches from FE colleges, who have an holistic approach to player development and connections to the semi-professional and professional game. The head and assistant coaches are supported by a team of physiotherapists and Performance Analysts who are working in professional football and/or educational settings.

Directors from Future Elite Sports provide logistic and operational management for the men’s and women’s national England Colleges teams in conjunction with AoC Sport staff across football development and competitions departments. The AoC Sport National Football Development Manager oversees the programme management of the ECFA National Team Programmes.

Quality and player development are at the core of the ECFA programme. All staff will follow AoC Sport’s procedures, ECFA code of conduct, safeguarding policies and the principals behind The FA England DNA to ensure a high quality environment is provided to all trialists and selected players.

National Governing Bodies of sport have their own player pathways which operate separately from AoC Sport’s national representative teams. AoC Sport has a strong partnership with The Football Association.

Men 's Squad

To provide coaches and students from member colleges with a high-quality player and coach development programme, we will embed The FA’s England DNA philosophy into our National Team Programme, provide coaches with National CPD opportunities and provide selected players with high-quality coaching to develop them holistically as people as well as better players.

Principles from our AoC Sport Strategy of supporting students’ education, enhancing the employability of students and promoting healthy lifestyles will be embedded in the ECFA National Team programme.

Trial Nominations are open

Colleges can nominate players for one of the three ECFA National Team trials here.

Staff will need to complete a nomination form for each player. The deadline for nominating players is 5pm on Friday 7 October 2016.

As there are a limited number of spaces at each of the three Phase One trials, nominated players will be contacted by 14 October 2016 to confirm they have a trial space. Please ensure students check the email provided in the nomination form on and around 14 October.

Important Nomination Information

Before nominating players please read this important information.

  • Nominations are only open to AoC Sport member colleges.
  • Based on ECFA National Teams being accepted into the planned tournaments nominated players will need to meet the following age categories:
  • Players nominated for the men’s team must be able to compete at U18 competition and are therefore born 1 January 1999 or after.
  • Players nominated for the women’s team must be able to compete at U21 competition and are therefore born 1 September 1995 or after.
  • Nominated players must be able to fully commit to the ECFA National Team Programme (detailed below) if selected.
  • Trials will be conducted in two phases. Phase One will consist of three one-day trials: a north, midlands and south trial taking place during October half-term. Phase Two will consist of a national one-day trial to select the final 18 players for the men’s and women’s squads.
  • College staff with nominated players will be invited to attend the phase one trial and provide feedback to coaches via a talent identification form.
  • Due to the limited number of places at each Phase One Trial there is a cap on the number of players who can be selected from colleges with teams.
  • Colleges ARE NOT expected to utilise the maximum total nomination allocation, please only nominate players who you deem to be able to compete on a national colleges stage.
  • As mentioned above, as there are a limited number of spaces at each of the three Phase One trials, nominated players will be contacted by 14 October 2016 to confirm they have a trial space. Please ensure students check the email provided in the nomination form on and around 14 October.

 

Nomination allocations are as follows

Men’s Team Nominations Total nominations from the college
Member Colleges entered into Cat 1 6
Member Colleges entered into Cat 2 4
Member Colleges entered into Cat 3 2
Member Colleges only in ECFA cups 1
Member College not in ECFA leagues or cups 1
Non-members 0

 

Women’s Team Nominations Total nominations from the college
Member Colleges entered into Cat 1 Open
Member Colleges entered into Cat 2 5
Member Colleges entered into Cat 3 3
Member Colleges only in cups 1
Member College not in ECFA leagues or cups 1
Non-members 0

ECFA National Team – Player Benefits

Each selected player will receive an ECFA National Team training kit, represent the ECFA National Team squad in five domestic fixtures, represent ECFA National Team squad in an International Tour 2017, receive high-quality coaching and player development support, access physiotherapy and performance recovery support from trained and qualified professionals, receive footage of their performance and feedback from the Performance Analyst and be presented with an official ECFA National Team accolade in the end of season National Team Awards Evening.

Teams will be financed through Future Elite Sport sponsorship and £350 player contribution, to be paid by player and/or their college following selection. This will provide a contribution towards players’ flights and their kit.

ECFA Wembley Spec

 

ECFA National Team 2016-17 Programmes

Nominated Players must attend a Phase One trial and should be available for Phase Two on Sunday 6 November 2016.

Players will expected to fully commit to the below programmes. Please do not trial if you are unable to commit to the programme.

Men’s Programme

Event Date
Trials – Phase One (North, South, Midlands) 24, 26 and 27 October 2016
Phase Two National Trial (midlands) Sunday 6 November 2016
Training Camp & Fixture 1 vs. ISFA Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 December
Fixture 2 vs. Chelsea Wednesday 21 December 2016
Fixture 3 vs. TBC January 2017
Fixture 4 vs. Wales (Away Leg) Wednesday 1 February 2017
International Tour 2017 – ROMA CAPUT MUNDI Late February / Early March 2017
Fixture 5 vs. Wales (Home Leg) – Anglo-Welsh Shield Wednesday 5 April 2017
Celebration Event Wednesday 5 April 2017

Women’s Programme

Event Date
Trials – Phase One (North, South, Midlands) 24, 26 and 27 October 2016
Phase Two National Trial (midlands) Sunday 6 November 2016
Training Camp & Fixture 1 vs. ISFA Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 November
Fixture 2 vs. WSL team December 2016
Fixture 3 vs. WSL team January 2017
Fixture 4 vs. Wales (Away Leg) – Anglo-Welsh Shield Wednesday 1 February 2017
International Tour Dates -TBC
Fixture 5 vs. Wales (Home Leg) – Anglo-Welsh Shield Wednesday 5 April 2017
Celebration Event Wednesday 5 April 2017

ECFA National Team Success – Player Progression

“Having recently returned from Italy with England Colleges National Team, my college Milton Keynes are in the cup final at St. Andrews stadium and have just won our league play off game to put us into the National League Finals, so all is going well at the moment.

“To summarise my international experience: Overall, the experience was something that I will remember for the rest of my life. Being captain and leading the rest of the boys out on to the pitch made me very proud and honoured to be part of England Colleges. The experience will hopefully open new doors for me into professional football, and therefore I am grateful and would recommend it to all.

“I took great knowledge on the pitch from the coaches that has helped me throughout the season, as well as off the pitch where they implemented the importance of attitude and discipline, especially as I was captain of the team. Finally, I would like to thank again all the staff at England Colleges. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next chapter of my football career leads.”

Tom Bradbury, England Colleges defender and captain

 

“Being a part of the international college squad is an achievement I am majorly proud of. The overall experience was incredible and the opportunity to represent your country in a competitive international tournament was surreal. I have benefitted as a player due to the fast pace games and I can use this experience to better myself for the future.”

Euan Clay, England Colleges midfielder

Future Elite Sports

For more information on playing scholarships aboard and the wider work of Future Elite Sports please contact Greg Joslin at Greg@futureelitesports.com

Hear from AoC Sport, Future Elite Sports and The FA

“We are delighted to announce The ECFA National Teams will continue to be delivered over the next academic year with official partner and funded Future Elite Sports. We are excited by the opportunity to provide a unique benefit to member colleges through this programme, recruit a team of high performing staff to lead the Men’s and Women’s teams to and deliver a high quality and cohesive programme which provides a memorable student experiences for all players.”

Lauren O’Sullivan, National Football Development Manager at AoC Sport

 

“We at FES are delighted with our ongoing partnership with AoC sport. We and are not only extremely pleased with a very successful reformation of the ECFA National Team programme, but are even more excited about how the mens & women program is shaping up for the coming season.

“This past year we have successfully linked over 80 students from within the U.K 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 National team programme has undoubtedly helped all students involved to develop as players and as people.”

Greg Josling, Partner at Future Elite Sports

 

“The Football Association has long been a supporter of Further Education football and continues to invest significantly through an FA funded football development workforce positioned within AoC Sport and by providing a football development revenue grant to continue to sustain and grow the game within the sector. Whilst The FA does not directly invest in the ECFA National Teams, we do recognise the value the National Team plays in the overall experience of football for the students and member colleges.”

Oliver Selfe, National Football Development Manager (FE and HE)

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