"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 (Pele)
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 College football is understandably an important part of school life, offering many opportunities on and off the pitch, with the emphasis focused 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, training available three times per week and regular fixtures.
All school teams are supported and guided by fully qualified coaches working to a relevant coaching program for the team and individual.
Education through Football…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 4th Form and above on Monday afternoons. Leaders develop their coaching and leadership skills through work with local primary school players.
King's 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 using their participation as a part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
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 encouraged to join local clubs at the appropriate level to further develop their game.
Our footballers tour and attend pre-season training camps to both prepare for the season and gain valuable life enriching experiences.
We have a special relationship with a number of professional clubs but in particular with local friends Exeter City FC. Working very closely with the club, King’s players benefit from successive opportunities on and off the pitch and high quality coaching through club staff placed permanently at the college.