“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?
With fixtures dating back to 1864 King's football has long been part of school life. However the modern game offers significantly more opportunities on and off the pitch, with the emphasis on being the best you can be and having fun in the process.
Football is a sport option for boys and girls through the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, with dedicated training available alongside fixtures.
All school teams are supported by fully qualified FA coaches working to a relevant coaching program for the team and individual.
For the more aspirational player our Extended Player Programme supports those reaching for the highest goals.
King’s football remains firmly focused on development and outcomes over “results” (scores).
Never Ending Opportunities
King’s football pupils have a pathway to development at all levels and national/regional representative opportunities.
Players are actively encouraged to join local clubs at the appropriate level to further develop their game.
Over the past decade, King’s College girls' football has emerged as the leading independent school for girls' football as success on the pitch is matched by girls fulfilling their footballing aspirations, whether at home or overseas through scholarships to American colleges
Director of Football Chris Heayns and his team strive to provide playing opportunities alongside development to challenge every player to be the best they can be
Football Leadership is an activity option available from Fourth Form on Monday afternoons. Leaders develop their coaching and leadership skills through work with local primary school players and work towards their Sports Leaders UK Award
Residential Football Camps
Each year we run a hugely popular residential football camp for girls. In 2018, we introduced a camp for boys. The camps are aimed at children aged 9 – 12 and 13 – 16 years, and provide the opportunity to play football and also to undertake the FA Junior Football Leaders' Award (12 years +). Dates for 2019: 29 July - 2 August £335 per player – residential £145 per play – day For further information please contact Director of Football, Chris Heayns on CJHeayns@kings-taunton.co.uk
Exeter City Football Club – Opening up Opportunities
Our Director of Football, Chris Heayns works closely with Exeter City FC to open up extended opportunities for players to trial for club Academy programmes for both boys and girls.
The skills and experience of Exeter City FC coaches provide access to the most up-to-date innovations in football and coaching.
For the 2018-19 season King’s senior boy’s will represent Exeter City FC in the English Football League CEFA U19 competition with fixtures against teams from other Premier and Football League clubs.
“This is a unique opportunity for King’s footballers to experience the professional environment and all the challenges and rewards that come with it. Participation in this league takes King’s football to another level and I have no doubt it will be a real benefit to the overall development of our players”
For further information please contact Director of Football, Chris Heayns on CJHeayns@kings-taunton.co.uk
She Shoots, She Scores!
Over the past decade, King’s College girls' football has grown in popularity and now places King's as the leading independent school for girls' football.
From humble but determined beginnings, King’s Schools girls' football fields teams from U10 to U18 and continues to look at all options to help girls fulfill their footballing aspirations.
Entry into the ISFA U18 National Cup has seen the school victorious three out of the last four years. The 1st XI also reached the English Schools FA U18 National Cup quarter final in 2016/2017.
In the 2015/16 season, the King’s girls faced a new challenge and a fantastic opportunity as they represented Exeter City FC in the Football League Trust National Women’s Futsal League and went on to win the Football League Trust Kinder and Ladies’ National Futsal Tournament at the Derby Arena.
Both our boys' U16 and girls' U15 teams reached the quarter finals of respective English Schools FA Cups in 2017/18 – this was the first time the school had entered the competitions!