Elite Academy

The Elite Academy is designed to offer specialist training to exceptional athletes across a range of sports.

What can I expect?

Athletes are required to be of at least county or regional standard (where available) to apply for the Elite Academy. Training programmes will be produced, where necessary, in conjunction with relevant coaches, and athletes will be encouraged to train with each other depending on their fitness requirements. There will be several training sessions each week that can be accessed to suit individual needs.

Specific athletic and cross country training will also be held off-site with Michelle Penhaligon, our UK Athletics Coach and Leader in Running Fitness. Michelle also worked closely with our disabled students, improving their fitness levels and preparing them for competition. Elite athletes will get the opportunity to compete in Association of Colleges Sport events including cross country, track and field championships, watersports championships as well as other county and regional competitions.

The Elite Academy is fantastic, it offers an excellent supplementation for the training you already do in your sport.

Ben, Sport Development and Fitness Level 3 Extended Diploma and Elite Academy


  • Adam Everitt, taekwondo – Junior Heavy Weight ITF World Champion.
  • Jamie Martin, taekwondo – British Team member U56kg.
  • Alexandra Banfield, taekwondo – British Taekwondo Champion.
  • Charlie Currie, BMX – World Series.
  • Chris Edwards, judo – GB U21 team, England Squad.
  • Oli Clark, athletics – South West Champion 2012/13/14, English Schools 3rd place in 2014, ranked 2nd in GB at U19.
  • Yoyo Barnsley, cross country – England U17.
  • Naomi Rescorla-Brown, Martha Carlisle, Bryher Freight, Sam Gibbons and Lewis Pascoe, cross country – AoC Nationals 2016.
  • Molly Caudery - Pole Vaulter for Team GB