Sports Academies


The BCS Badminton Academy, in partnership with Helen Troke Badminton, aims to involve a wide range of abilities in this extremely popular sport and to provide an environment where pupils can combine and excel at both academic studies and badminton.

In addition to school based sessions we are able to access the highly successful Bournemouth Performance Centre, which was set up 4 years ago under the auspices of Badminton England and has proved to be extremely successful in identifying and developing elite players to National and International standard.


  • Offers a focussed programme for players who have the potential to perform at national or world class level
  • Player management
  • Plan. Do. Review


Players will receive:

  • BCS Badminton Academy Sessions
  • Access to Helen Troke Badminton Academy
  • Personalised strength and conditioning programme
  • Individual sessions within the school day
  • Tournament Programme Badminton England Graded
  • Regular fitness testing
  • Bournemouth Performance sessions
  • Goal setting

Entrance Criteria:

Playing at County standard or above.


The Basketball Academy aims to provide a professional, high-quality training environment to pupils who show talent for the game. The academy will provide skills based training and tuition as well as classroom based sessions looking at tactical analysis of games. 

All BCS Sports Academy members have access to Strength and Conditioning coaching, a subsidised physiotherapist and our High Performance Centre.

Key Features:

  • Offers a focused programme to those who show the potential to achieve at county, regional and national level
  • Teaching specialist skills and techniques
  • Position specific skills training
  • Play setting and team play
  • Video feedback
  • Game level fitness training
  • Team building, motivation, positivity
  • Licensing with England Basketball


The Football Academy is a player development programme integrated into school life to give aspiring footballers a platform to become the best that they can be. We strive to improve each and every individual technically and tactically while educating each athlete to become students of the game, embracing the social and psychological elements of football and sport.

The Football Academy is in partnership with the Saints Foundation, part of Southampton Football Club. This exciting and innovative partnership allows the Football Academy to mimic the Saints Academy Coaching Curriculum to give our students the most up to date coaching. We also have access to Saints coaches who support our programme delivering sessions across all age groups.

As well as coaching on the pitch, the footballers will undertake class room based sessions covering subjects including Player/Match Analysis, Performance Profiling, Motivation and Nutrition. All players will also have weekly Strength and Conditioning sessions along with SAQ and Flexibility training. Goalkeeper specific training is also available to those with a keen eye for goal.

Competitions/Exit Routes:

At BCS we play competitive football through the winter and spring terms and compete in the ISFA National Cup, Dorset County Cup, Bournemouth District League and enter a host of small sided tournaments throughout the year. Talented individuals who want to continue to compete at the top level can trial to play for one of our Saturday league sides – BCW Saints. With the team recruiting from BCS and our United Learning linked school, Winton and Glenmoor Academy, we compete in the FA sanctioned NERF Junior Premier League. This league is ideal for complementing the BCS Academy Football programme as the league itself is designed to aid player development rather than a focus on just winning.

There are many other value added bonuses to be gained from being involved in the BCS Football Academy including:

·         Opportunity to represent BCS in the annual football tour to Holland

·         Identifying talent

·         Access to sports physiotherapy and chiropractic via the Anglo European Chiropractic College (AECC)

·         Full Nike BCS Football Academy clothing

·         Exit routes to local clubs

·         Opportunities to see Southampton FC play, including stadium tours.


The BCS Rowing Squad is run by Head Coach Robyn Chambers and Assistant Coaches Jasmine Hunt and Mark Sims. The programme consists of both water and land based training, with water training taking place at Christchurch Rowing Club. Squad members have access to both coastal and river boats and train either in Christchurch Harbour or on the River Stour. Land based training takes place at BCS where training for every athlete is overseen by Strength and Conditioning coach, Hayley Morris.

Rowing in affiliation with Christchurch Rowing Club, our rowers not only compete at water events, but also indoor events, including the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (NJIRC).

The BCS Rowing Academy was officially launched in October 2012 by Olympic rowing champion, James Cracknell.


Rugby at BCS offers a lot of opportunities for students in both their sporting and academic lives. We promote a family environment and tight network where we all push ourselves to succeed. 

Over the past two years, we have been part of a unique collaboration between independent and academy status school, which are both under the United Learning umbrella.  This will be supported by our partner Bath Rugby. Having this partnership will create many opportunities for players to further their rugby development.

If you are accepted on to the Academy, you are expected to demonstrate extremely high standards both on and off the pitch. We promote the student athlete lifestyle within the Academy. Participation in training and fixtures is subject to academic attainment and all players must be achieving their BCS target.

There are many other value added bonuses to being part of the BCS Rugby Academy, including:

  • Talent ID opportunities
  • Access to physiotherapy at BCS and chiropractic via the AECC
  • Further development pathways (professional and local rugby clubs)


BCS Rugby Academy will offer several trial sessions to applicants where they will be invited to attend Academy training sessions. We will look at basic handling skills, fitness and everything in between before offering successful candidates places on the Academy.

Success Stories

Last year Joseph Spiller was accepted into Beecham Cliff College and the Bath Rugby ASE Programme.

Tom Cordery received a scholarship to Filton College and Bristol AASE.

Louis Ellis was offered a full scholarship to Pangbourne College who have links with Premiership side London Irish Rugby Club. 

“Rugby Academy gave us opportunities we never thought we would have. We are very grateful for everything they have done for us. We never would have got these opportunities without them.” Joe Spiller and Louis Ellis, July 2015.



To provide national and international students with a fun, exciting and performance based swimming programme. Catering up to national & international success in sport in line with success in education. We aim to become one of the leading swimming programmes within Great Britain. 

The BCS Swimming Academy will aim to be recognised by British Swimming and the ASA as a major and crucial programme for developing young talented swimmers.

The swimming programme will run in line with an education timetable which allows athletes to enjoy a balanced lifestyle with education, sport and friends in one of the premier areas of Great Britain.


Achieving success at all levels of competitive swimming
Providing the highest standard of swimming coaching and training resources possible
Promoting lifelong positive values, skills and qualities in our pupils


BCS is committed to helping every athlete in the programme reach his or her maximum potential. For many swimmers the development of potential will often be judged in terms of competitive results. However, various other developmental considerations exist and the programme aims to touch each athlete’s life in a number of ways.

These include:

  • Dealing with success and failure
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Exploring and testing an individual’s limits

This will be accomplished by offering an unrivalled and comprehensive training programme that adheres to the principles of long-term athlete development and provides each swimmer with the opportunities they need to progress within the sport.


The BCS High Performance Tennis Academy is designed to allow pupils to combine tennis training and academic education into one integrated curriculum.

All training takes place at West Hants Club which offers 21 international tournament standard indoor and outdoor courts. 

Players will initially be offered a minimum 12 hours of core training per week – split 6 hours during school hours and 6 hours after school, which will include tennis and fitness training. This is dependent upon their curriculum timetable. Within the 12 hours they will be guaranteed 2 individual sessions although additional hours can be added to the programme if required.


Players will receive:

  • Programmes tailored to individual needs but all designed to maximise potential and deliver high performance training
  • Daytime sessions based around the player’s academic timetable
  • Fitness testing three times a year to evaluate overall fitness and conditioning levels
  • Ongoing musculoskeletal screening with a physiotherapist to assess any muscle imbalances within the player and provide appropriate exercises to address any issues
  • An annual tournament plan
  • Video analysis through the use of Siliconcoach and associated goal setting
  • End of term reports/ termly goal sheets
  • All Tennis Academy players will receive complimentary membership at the The West Hants Club
  • Academy clothing

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