As the ultimate dream was to allow boys to continue into higher education while continuing to learn and play football at the highest level, we have subsequently developed exit pathways into the American and UK university systems.

As of 2018 we have helped 12 pupils gain scholarships to universities in the U.S.A with many more gaining their first choice places at UK universities. What we are most proud of though, is that each and every one of the graduates of the programme, whether they are pursuing football or not, are young men who are in control of their decisions and accepting of them, whatever they may be.

Case studies

Jacob Roddy (G 19-21)

After two successful years on the Senior Elite Programme, Jacob Captained the side in the 2020-21 season, leading the team to finish level of points at the top of the Hudl Independent Schools National League.

Jacob’s individual progression was rewarded when he earned a professional contract at Charlton Athletic FC after he graduated from the programme. He is currently playing for Charlton U23s and made his first team debut in the Carabao Cup in August 2021.

Ed Cook (G 16-18)

Following two impressive years developing with Bradfield College, where he won the Boodles ISFA Cup and two Elgin Capital ISFA Southern League titles, Ed Cook (G 16-18) signed a professional contract with Burnley Football Club in 2018. At the age of 18 he featured and scored for Burnley’s U23 team.

Ed is now part of the Elite Programme at Loughborough University while studying for his undergraduate degree.

Quinn McCallion (H 16-18)

2017-18 team Captain Quinn McCallion (H 16-18) is currently attending IUPUI (Indiana University Perdue University Indianapolis) following two outstanding seasons as Bradfield’s first team goalkeeper. He is reading Exercise Science after graduating from Bradfield with three A* in Biology, Chemistry and PE.

Ethan Yeung (H 16-18)

Hong Kong international striker Ethan Yeung (H 16-18) is currently at St Bonaventure University in New York studying Sports Studies.

George Knight (G 11-16)

Another former 1st XI captain, George Knight (G 11-16) is playing for Lansing United (Michigan) in the Great Lakes NPSL while attending Lander University where he studies Business Marketing and Management.

Marco Micaletto (D 09-14)

Marco Micaletto (D 09-14) plays professionally for South Georgia Tormenta FC in USL League One, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. He is also studying for a Master’s at the University of Akron, Ohio. Marco gained his undergraduate degree in Business Communications and Spanish from Young Harris University.

Jonny Denton (D 08-13)

Jonny Denton (D 08-13) recently graduated from Young Harris University, Georgia, where he completed a degree in Communication Studies while having three outstanding years at national level. Jonny now works in property while playing for Ascot United.

Rory Knibbs (D 12-13)

Rory (D 12-13) recently graduated from San Jose State University where he read Communication Studies. In between his studies, Rory had several Summer season campaigns for the Odessa Sockers in the National Premier Soccer League. Rory now works as a Graphic Designer in London.

Calum Holden (C 12-17)

After graduating from Bradfield and gaining 38 points in his IB Diploma, Calum (C 12-17) now attends the University of Nottingham while studying Law. The University of Nottingham is currently one of the few universities in the UK that offers elite level football combined with undergraduate study.

Max Hemmings (D 10-15)

After an outstanding final year at Bradfield where Max (D 10-15) led his team to the ISFA and ESFA Cup semi-finals and the Elgin League final, Max gained a scholarship to Georgia State University where he has spent four outstanding years playing regularly for their first team receiving several individual honours. He signed his first professional contract at Greenville Triumph in USL League One in 2019.

Piers Oldland (D 09-14)

After a couple of years in America at Young Harris University, Piers (D 09-14) decided that the UK university system was more suited to him and he returned to attend the University of Surrey, where he is studying Economics and Finance.

Henry Phillips (F 12-17)

One of the most accomplished centre backs Bradfield has ever seen; at 5” 8, Henry (F 12-17) proved that height is not a pre cursor to success in football. After helping his Bradfield team win the Elgin League in 2017, Henry graduated to Florida Southern University where he is currently studying his undergraduate degree in International Business.

Ed Sideso (F 13-18)

Ed (F 13-18) recently graduated Bradfield after three successful years in the Senior Elite Football Programme, culminating in the double winning team of 2018. He left with three As at A Level in Economics, Politics and French. He is currently at University of Warwick studying International Business and French.


Bradfield Football podcast

Director of Football Luke Webb catches up with some of his former football pupils (Piers Oldland, Rory Knibbs, Jonny Denton, Marco Micaletto, Quinn McCallion and Henry Phillips) to talk about their experiences of the Football Programme and how it prepared them for life after Bradfield.