“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
- Edison "Edson" Arantes do Nascimento
Why Play Football?
Football has been played on the King's College site since 1864, when teachers and pupils would combine to play local teams. Against this historical backdrop, King's football is understandably an important part of school life, offering many opportunities on and off the pitch, with emphasis on participation, development and enjoyment.
Competitive fixtures are played through participation in the Independent Schools South West League and ISCA Cup competitions during the Lent Term, with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, U16, U15 and U14 school teams turning out regularly and joining all schools in the District and County Cup competitions.
Football is also offered as an alternative core sport option through the Michaelmas Term, with training available three times per week alongside regular fixtures.
All school teams are further supported by fully qualified coaches working to a relevant coaching program for the team and individual.
More than Just a Game
Off the pitch pupils attend leadership camps and gain coaching and refereeing qualifications, providing excellent personal development opportunities.
Football Leadership is an extra-curricular activity option available to Fourth Form and above on Monday afternoons. Leaders develop their coaching and leadership skills through work with local primary school players.
King's also hosts many local and regional tournaments and our leadership pupils are active in the organisation and delivery of some great footballing events, with the added bonus of using their participation as a part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Never Ending Opportunities
Through positive working relationships with the ISFA and County FA, King's pupils have a pathway to development and representative opportunities.
King's footballers regularly progress to district, regional and national squads and to the FA National Leadership Camp. Players are actively encouraged to join local clubs at the appropriate level to further develop their game.
Our footballers often tour and attend pre-season training camps to both prepare for the season and gain valuable life enriching experiences.
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Exeter City Football Club – Opening up Opportunities
Alongside our coaches, we also have a number of Exeter City Football Club (ECFC) coaches who assist in the delivery of our football programme.
Our Director of Football, Chris Heayns works closely with the club to open up extended opportunities for our players to take part in the Academy programmes.
As well as hosting the ECFC Taunton Development Centre, King's is hoping to enter the CEFA League, run by the EFL, which would see a King’s boys' team play as an ECFC U19 side. Watch this space ...