Hartlepool Sixth Form College


Hartlepool Sixth Form College offers a wide variety of sporting academies to all of our students, the details of which can be found in the sections below.

Female Football Academy

As a female footballer you will be part of the Female Football Academy. Within this programme you will receive a tailored schedule for female footballers including comprehensive coaching sessions covering technical, tactical and game related practises, one to one feedback with your coach and the opportunity to receive sports science support throughout the season. All of the sessions are timetabled into your regular college schedule leaving you plenty of time for other college subjects. Over previous years the girls have won the National U19s Futsal Championships and also won the North East performance league scoring 70 goals in 12 games which lead to them winning the Hartlepool Borough Council’s team of the year award. Not only have the girls been successful on the pitch but also off it. Raising money for charities, organising events in and outside of the college as well as contributing to girls’ grassroots football in the local area.

Case Study

Brogan was part of the Lindsay Johnson football academy for two years. During this time the academy excelled with the girls winning the U19 National Futsal Championships in Birmingham with Brogan playing a vital part. As well as being the college’s vice-captain in her first year Brogan represented England under 17s playing in the European qualifiers and also represented the ECFA national squad. In her second year Brogan captained the team to their first league title wining the North East Performance league. She will be leading the girls back down to Birmingham later this year to defend their National Futsal title. Not only did Brogan perform on the pitch but also within coaching and her academic subjects. The accumulation of all of this has led to Brogan being offered the prestigious Palatinate scholarship at Durham University to study Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity.

Male Football Academy

The male football academy at HSFC is now competes in the Regional NECL Premier League. The football programme has 3 levels of competition and the squads of players are all placed in a group dependent on current level of ability with clear pathways for individual player progression between the training groups. You will also get the chance to be part of the FA Activators programme and gain additional recognition and skills other than playing, including coaching awards and qualifications in collaboration with our club links.

Case Study

Harry came to Hartlepool Sixth Form College with a reputation of being a very good youth level footballer. In his first year Harry found the transition from youth football to under 19 football quite tough. His attitude and strong work ethic saw Harry work hard on the field and dedicate more time to his gym work to make the required physical adaptions he needed to flourish in adult football. Harry’s talent and hard work achieved him a scholarship to Olivet Soccer in Michigan, USA, an opportunity that was created from Harry’s drive and commitment and the academy programme.

Netball Academy

Elite Netball at HSFC has a long standing tradition of success. The netball academy currently competed in the AOC North East Division 1 and has represented the region in the AOC National Championships for over 5 years. You will receive a high level of coaching from Head Coach Danielle Smith as well as specialist guest coaches such as Bev Linighan and receive support such as sport psychology, strength and conditioning and performance analysis as part of your programme that includes up to 10 hours coaching per week.

Case study

Danielle was part of the Netball Academy for the 3 years that she attended the college. During this time the academy was extremely successful reaching the last 4 colleges in the country and placing 2nd in the BCS Super League in 2010 and 2011 seasons. Danielle played a pivotal role in this success and her aggression, grit and determination were key aspects of all her performances. In her final year she was selected for the England under 19s long squad.

Danielle also represented the British Colleges Netball Squad 3 years in succession, winning Coaches Player of the season in 2011 and Captaining the side in 2012. Danielle was also part of Team Northumbria Super League and NTL squads. She is one of the most successful female athletes we have ever had at the college and after receiving numerous offers from Higher Education establishments has deciding to study Sports Science at Northumbria University.

Rugby Academy

Elite Rugby at HSFC has now established itself as one of the best programmes in the area and has a very close working relationship with Newcastle Falcons. Coached by former Blue Bells player Johan Olckers and current Billingham player and County coach, Daniel Finney. As part of the academy will receive up to 10 hours of high level coaching per week along with a structured games programme for the season. The academy play in the AOC Premiership as well as the AOC North East & Yorkshire Division 1 leagues and have represented the region for over 5 years at the AOC National 7’s competition.

Case Study

Josh came to Hartlepool Sixth Form College in 2014 from Billingham Rugby Club and St Michael’s school - he was fairly new to playing rugby and only started at the age of 14. Josh played some under 16s rugby at County level but has progressed dramatically in his time at Hartlepool Sixth Form. In his first year he caught the eye of Newcastle Falcons; his second year saw him play 2nd team rugby at Newcastle as well as being picked for the England under 18s squad who are in the middle of their fixture list.

Josh has worked hard while at HSFC and has proven that hard work and dedication to a goal always sets you on the right path. Josh’s focus has seen him offered a contract with Newcastle for the 2016-17 season full time.

We are very proud of Josh and all of the rugby boys who have put a massive amount of effort into the programme this season.

Womens Rugby Academy

Hartlepool 6th Form College launched their Women’s Rugby Academy in 2018 and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of the Men’s team. Hartlepool 6th Form College is an RFU Focus College and we have aims to develop the Women’s Academy into a regional force in Rugby. The programme is headed up by Johan Olckers who has developed close links with local clubs and Durham University.

Case Study

Sophie Derbyshire joined the Academy in its inaugural season and has flourished since joining. Sophie is currently excelling on her BTEC Sport & Exercise Science course and has been appointed as an RFU Ambassador for the College. Sophie has also been selected as a Tees Valley Sport Future Champion and has been selected to be part of the England Talent Development Group.

Basketball Academy

The Academy will be headed by former BBL and NBL National Championship winner Mark Elderkin. The Academy will look to develop players of any ability, from newcomers to the game to elite basketball players. This will be achieved through team training sessions, individual technical skills sessions and strength and conditioning sessions. As an Academy we will give each individual the skills and knowledge to fulfil their basketball ambitions with additional support off the court from Sports Psychologists, Nutritionists and American Scholarship specialists. If you’re serious about developing your game the academy will certainly give you that opportunity. The Basketball Academy currently compete in the AOC North East Division 1 and the English Schools competition with the ambition of competing in the ABL.

Case Study Ryan Harris is currently playing U18 Junior National League Basketball for the Durham Wildcats. Since leaving the academy Ryan was accepted by Durham University and now plays BUCS Premiership basketball whilst attaining a Russel Group education.