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Aldridge Football Academy Presentation

Aldridge Football Academy Presentation

On the evening of the 17 January, 120 of our year 7 and 8 football academy students, as well at the Aldridge Football Academy sixth formers and their parents came to a football academy presentation evening.

I wanted to try to get across the message to all players, students and their families that we are offering opportunities for our players & students to have it all – an excellent standard of education alongside an excellent standard of football coaching opportunities.

Paul Dollner, Director of Football at BACA & PACA

We were delighted to welcome well known guests from the professional world of football, including QPR player Grant Hall, Captain of Whitehawk FC Sergio Torres and Tampines Rovers FC player Louis Clark.

Our intention was for the evening to be fun, inspirational and show the link between the commitment and qualities required from a professional sports person to that needed to achieve success in academic studies. The positive feedback received from both parents and students leads us to believe we achieved this.

Itziar Leighton, Director of 16-19 Education at BACA & PACA

We were also incredibly lucky to have in attendance the members of “Sofa Sunday”, Maz Mirzadeh, George Leighton and Tom Whitnal, who entertained everyone with the background into their weekly YouTube football quiz programme.

Photo L-R Itziar Leighton – BACA & PACA, George Leighton – Sofa Sunday, Maz Mirzadeh – Sofa Sunday, Louis Clark – Tampines Rovers FC, Tom Whitnall – Sofa Sunday, Grant Hall – QPR, Katie Scott – Principal at PACA)

We are so grateful to the professionals who gave up their time to share an insight into the footballing world. We are already planning next year’s event, and our aim is that this will become a major fixture to look forward to in the Aldridge Football Academy calendar.

If you are interested in joining the Aldridge Football Academy, you can join the sixth form at either Brighton Aldridge Community Academy or Portslade Aldridge Community Academy. Please visit or email Simon Funnell, Director of Sport at BACA & PACA, via

Top Photo (L-R Jude Macdonald, Aldridge Football Academy, George Leighton, Sofa Sunday, Maz Mirzadeh, Sofa Sunday, Louis Clark, Tampines Rovers FC, Tom Whitnall, Sofa Sunday, Grant Hall, QPR, Alexandru Gorbatiuc, Sixth Form Football Academy, Paul Dollner, Director of Football Academy).