If you want to study both football and academia to the highest level, whether you want to take football further as a profession, use it to get into a top university or just become the best you can be, there really isn’t any place in the world quite like Bradfield.
- The Senior Elite Football experience
- The Junior Elite Football experience
- Girls’ football
- Football for All – The Bradfield Football Club
The Senior Elite Football experience
If a pupil in either Year 11, 12 or 13 has demonstrated the commitment and skill level required, he will be offered the choice to be a part of the Senior Elite Programme. The number of places available is 18 pupils. There is also the opportunity for players to be put forward for national team selection for the U16, U17 and U18 Independent Schools FA programme.
Find out more about the Football Programme, its creation, the expectations we have of our footballers and why the programme is about far more than football in our Director of Football’s blog: The Football Programme: Developing more than just footballers.
Bradfield Football in the media
“We teach football as a science here. Football is the most intelligent of sports which, for some reason, has never been seen as intelligent in this country.” Director of Football Luke Webb reveals to the Telegraph why it is important for our footballers to spend as much time in the classroom as they do on the pitch.
The Junior Elite Football experience
Players and parents of our elite players see Bradfield as their football club. We offer the highest level of football provision for a whole season so there really isn’t any need to go anywhere else.
More importantly, this allows us to take care of our pupils’ physical welfare and eliminate the chances of physical burnout that so often happens to talented young sportspeople in the UK.
During the Michaelmas Term, Junior A teams participate in three training sessions a week and a game. In the Lent Term a small selection of players in each of the U14 and U15 year groups are given the choice to participate in a full time Futsal programme, where they train at Futsal three times a week and play a fixture on a Sunday.
If players in the selected group also enjoy their hockey they are given the chance to be a part of a hybrid programme that incorporates both Hockey and Futsal. We look at each case individually when deciding the appropriate programme for each pupil.
Throughout the year, each week, the junior elite players also participate in one strength and conditioning session, a performance psychology session and due to their matches being video recorded, are able to engage in their own analysis on Hudl.
Girls football at Bradfield currently runs at 1st XI and U15A team level during the Lent Term (January – April) with three training sessions and at least one match each week. Ad hoc training sessions run once a week during the Michaelmas Term (September – December).
A full training and fixture programme was put in place for the 1st XI in the 2017/18 academic year with the team competing in the ISFA national cup each year. A full fixture list was put in place for the U15 age group in the academic year 2019/20.
The aim is to ensure that any girl that wants to commit to development in football will have a clear pathway from Year 9 to Year 13 in order to do this. Over the coming years the girls programme at U15 and 1st XI level will reach the same level of quality and commitment as the nationally acclaimed boys programme.
Football for All – The Bradfield Football Club
At Bradfield, we value participation and ‘football for all’ as much as our elite offering. No pupil is ignored in the implementation of self-improvement, no matter their level.
Football is coached at all levels and abilities within the College. On average the club is able to put out 23 teams per year, across five year groups, allowing over 340 boys to participate regularly. B, C, D, E and F teams train two times a week with a game. We are renowned for having the strongest fixture list on the school circuit; there is no top footballing school that we do not play.
The standard football programme at Bradfield runs during the Michaelmas Term (September – December), where over 200 fixtures are played against opposing schools. The football club uses football as a medium to develop a holistic all rounded individual. The football culture at Bradfield is embedded in the foundations of respect, self-motivation, responsibility and positive psychology.
Goalkeepers are not forgotten at Bradfield, we have a professional goalkeeper coach come in for a session once a week to develop all of our goalkeepers in line with our football philosophy.
There are six internal House competitions (House Firsts, House Colts, Senior Leagues, Minor Leagues, Junior Leagues and House Sixes), which allow wider opportunities. These competitions are played under different formats that include 11-a-side, 8-a-side and Futsal. The football club uses football as a medium to develop a holistic all rounded individual. House football at Bradfield is very much about participation and community with an obvious hint of competitiveness.