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The Russell Martin Academy Football Development Programme

The Russell Martin Academy Football Development programme is an outstanding opportunity for young talented footballers between the ages of 16-19 to continue their academic and footballing career development. 

We are running this programme at two colleges to cover East Sussex and West Sussex:


At Ifield Community College (West Sussex) Our players will study a double OCR Level 3 diploma in sport. They will also have the option to take OCR science or other A level courses if they wish. At Ifield community college we will also be running a female players programme for girls of all abilities. 


At Varndean College (East Sussex) our players will study a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport. They will also having the option of taking the extended level 3 if they decide to do this and remain in the programme for a third year. There is also flexibility for players who want to study particular A levels. 


Both programmes provide the chance for players to combine an intensive 11-a-side football training and college fixture programme with showcase games against professional teams during the season. 


Both programmes will include: 

•Full time training programme on grass and 3G pitches. 

•Strength and conditioning programmes with good gym facilities. 

•Study for FA Level 1 coaching certificates. •Study for Sports leaders award. These programmes will be led by Ex professional players with assistant coaches. All hold UEFA B and A license qualifications. Russell Martin (Norwich City Captain and Scotland international) will also be down to take regular sessions with the players. 


We want to help students with pathways into sports careers and higher education and to aid this there will be regular lectures from highly regarded professional people in sport in Psychology, Physiotherapy, Sports science, Coaching, Nutrition, Analysis, Leadership and more. 


We have trial dates for both programmes: 



Thursday 16th February 


University of Brighton 3G pitch, Village Way, Falmer, BN1 9SG


Ifield Community College: 

Monday 20th February 


Oakwood FC, Tinsley Lane, Crawley, RH10 8AT


News paper article: Ex Crawley Town and Wycombe Wanderers midfielder leads programme at new local academy




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