Bede's Football

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In the Bede’s Football programme we have a pupil-centred philosophy.

This means that every pupil, no matter their level, is developed as far along the football pathway as possible for many pupils this starts before they join us as members of our Junior Football Academy.

Once at Bede’s Senior School, all of our Junior teams (ABC at Years 9 and 10) train on Mondays and Thursdays for two hours, while our Junior A teams also train for two hours on a Tuesday and enjoy strength and conditioning sessions throughout the week. All teams have fixtures every Saturday during the Autumn Term, with A and B teams continuing into the Spring Term. The two-term offer sets Bede's apart in the Independent School sector, and ensures high levels of participation throughout the year.

The Junior A and B teams also compete in National Cup Competitions such as ESFA, whilst the A teams also compete in the Elgin League and ISFA Cup. This schedule enables a huge amount of value to be added to our programme, and the development and progress our footballers make during their time with us is outstanding – as evidenced by our successes at both U15 and U18 level.

In the Sixth Form years, we run six Senior teams in the Autumn Term, with the 1st,2nd and 3rd teams again continuing into the Spring Term.  The Senior 1st XI team is a founding member of the HUDL National League, which contains some of the strongest football schools in the country. The Senior 1st XI team runs throughout the year, with many additional extras such as video analysis, yoga, Playertek tracking, strength and conditioning, and hydrotherapy recovery sessions.

Our year-round programme, which begins with pre-season training in August and sees the teams embark on regular international tours, enables Bede’s footballers to play 10 out of the 12 months of the year.

We have several players currently representing ISFA internationally at U15 and U18 level and a strong culture and history of players being signed by professonal clubs including Chelsea, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Crystal Palace. Many of our players also choose to go to top UK and USA universities to continue their football journey.

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David Caryer
Aside from academia, I believe in helping pupils to develop social skills and encourage them to cooperate, share and help others.

David Caryer, Director of Football, Teacher of Physical Education and Knights House Tutor

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Pupil Stories

  • Tommy Trenaman, Upper Fifth

    I’m Bede’s born and bred, and I have genuinely never met anyone who has joined and said they preferred their old school.

    Tommy Trenaman, Upper Fifth Interviewed in 2016
  • Jay Adebisi, Lower Sixth

    By encouraging everyone to be the best they can be the school helps us all to have confidence and realise that we are all special.

    Jay Adebisi, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2016
  • Laura Adebisi, Upper Fifth

    Since coming here I have developed a real passion for essay writing and badly want to study English at University.

    Laura Adebisi, Upper Fifth Interviewed in 2013
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Bede's Football staff

Aside from academia, I believe in helping students to develop social skills and encourage them to cooperate, share and help others.

David Caryer, Director of Football, Teacher of Physical Education and Knights House Tutor

Coming from my background in the professional leisure industry, I can say with some authority that the opportunities Bede's students have, both in terms of coaching and facilities, are absolutely outstanding.

Dave Byrne, Director of Sport and Player Development Coach

I believe in doing the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I look to inspire the pupils at Bede's to do the same in everything they do.

Nathan Dunn, Junior Academy Coach and Head of First Year Football

I believe that physical fitness is one of the most important keys to a healthy body, and that it forms the basis of a creative, intellectual mind.

Tony Morriss, Strength and Conditioning Coach