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England Colleges Representative Teams

England Colleges representative teams have been operating for over 10 years providing a unique and exciting opportunity for talented male and female footballers to perform at international level representing their country through domestic and international fixtures.

Our Ambitions

The England Colleges National Team programme represents the pinnacle of college football. Our men’s and women’s 11v11 representative teams exist to:

We aim to:

  1. Develop an aspirational representative football programme that allows every player to reach their potential.
  2. 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 further education football.
  3. Identify players within further education 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.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the programme is a combination of the high performance requirements expected of an England team integrated with education values. The infrastructure and delivery mechanisms in place to support this include:

Working with highly qualified and skilled coaches and expert staff

  1. Appropriate competitive fixtures against high-quality elite, national and international teams to provide players with meaningful minutes
  2. Embedding the England DNA
  3. Embedding a multi-disciplinary support programme embracing sports science disciplines
  4. Accessing high-quality facilities
  5. Utilising technology, innovation and educational concepts to inform programming
  6. Creating a culture of improvement and personal development
  7. Approaching player development holistically 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.

University Campus of Football Business (UCFB), which delivers university degrees in the football and sports industry, is the official higher education partner and sponsor of the England Colleges national football teams.

UCFB, which has campuses in London and Manchester with Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart, will provide opportunities for ECFA trialists and players to kick off their career in sport with a unique degree at the institution.

VEO provide a portable and affordable solution that enables sports teams to record and analyse matches and training sessions without the need for a camera operator.

Catapult provide technology to help athletes and teams perform to their true potential.

How to join the team

Players: Players are considered across AoC Sport member colleges and associates through a two-phased trial process starting in October half-term. To attend, students must be nominated by their college. The college must be a member or associate member of AoC Sport in order for student nominations to be accepted. Nominations open in September and can be done online for members solely. If you have any questions please contact ian.barber@aoc.co.uk

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.

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Men’s National Team Staff

Men’s Programme Manager – Simon East

Men’s Head Coach – Darin Killpartrick

Men’s Assistant Coaches – Andy Jones and Chris Todd

Men’s Team Analyst – Adam Keep

Men’s Team Physio – Kirsten Wing

Assistant Team Physio – Megan Roberts (Men’s and Women’s)

Trial & Fixture Programme 2020/21

October 2021 (First Phase Trials)
Monday, 25 October 2021 at Bishop Burton College
Tuesday, 26 October 2021 at Newcastle-under-Lyme College
Thursday, 28 October 2021 at Oaklands College, St Albans Campus
Friday, 29 October 2021 at SGS College Wise Campus

Saturday, 13 November and Sunday, 14 November 2021 (Final Trial)
Venue: Newcastle Under Lyme TBC

Thursday, 16 December 2021
Venue: St George’s Park
Fixture: ECFA vs Independent Schools – Draw 3-3

Tuesday, 15 February 2022
Venue: Cardiff Met University Campus. 2:00pm kick off
Fixture: ECFA vs Wales – Draw 1-1

Monday, 4 April 2022
Venue: TBC 6:00pm kick off
Fixture: Chelsea Academy vs ECFA Men - Lost 2-1

Previous Seasons

ECFA Women’s National Team 2020/21

Players are considered across the AoC Sport member colleges and associates through a two-phased trial process. All AoC Sport members and associates are encouraged to nominate players through our Naqoda site via their Club Administrator from September 2021 until the closing date.

The closing date for nominations is Monday, 11 October, after which time you will be contacted with further details on the trial process.

If you have any questions regarding the football representative trials, please contact Ian Barber.

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Women’s National Team Staff

Women’s Head Coach – Keith Boanas

Women’s Assistant Coach – Jenny Hinton

Women’s Goalkeeper Coach – Vicky Wright

Women’s Team Analyst – Maria Fernandes

Women’s Team Physio – Becky Mayo

Assistant Team Physio – Megan Roberts (Men’s and Women’s)

Trial & Fixture Programme

October 2021 (First Phase Trials)
Monday, 25 October 2021 at Bishop Burton College
Tuesday, 26 October 2021 at Newcastle-under-Lyme College
Thursday, 28 October 2021 at Oaklands College, St Albans Campus
Friday, 29 October 2021 at SGS College Wise Campus

Saturday, 13 November and Sunday, 14 November 2021 (Final Trial)
Venue: Newcastle Under Lyme

Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Venue: St George’s Park
Fixture: ECFA vs Independent Schools – Win 3-1

Wednesday, 2 February 2022
Venue: Aylestone Park FC, Leicester – 2:00pm kick off
Fixture: ECFA vs Everton Lost 0-1

Previous Seasons