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New College is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Football Academy Head Coach, Ryan Elliott. The change is in line with an exciting relaunch of the Football Academy itself.

The academy will now have a greater focus on student development, while continuing to compete in both the South West Youth League and the Wiltshire U18 Floodlit League. It will now be offering those on the programme the opportunity to complete an FA Level 1 coaching qualification, in their second year. The New College Football Academy always aims to provide equal opportunities and under the re-launch, will be offering more opportunities for students to get involved in female football.

Trial dates are on-going and pre-season training will begin from next week. These both will follow current FA guidance around social distancing, with all relevant risk assessments undertaken. The coaching staff will be vigilant to ensure the safety of all players.

The new Head Coach, Ryan Elliott is an experienced FA Level 2 qualified coach with over 8 years’ experience of coaching at this level. Ryan is currently undertaking his UEFA B license, which will benefit the academy and shows the investment in the future of programme. Ryan’s professional background in the sport includes experiences playing for Oxford United and Sheffield United. Ryan’s Non-League playing history within the Southern Premier League and Division one include clubs such as Frome Town, Larkhall Athletic, Cirencester Town, Swindon Supermarine and Wantage Town. Ryan was previously part of the Football Academy as Assistant Coach for a number of seasons before his full time role at the College as Community Sports Officer.

Ryan said: “As the previous U18 Manager, I was so pleased to be the last coach to win cup success for the Academy in the 2018-19 season. I have a clear philosophy and vision for the Football Academy, I’m so pleased to be on board and I’m really excited for the future of the academy.”

Rob Taylor will also be taking on a new role as part of the academy. This will include the logistical management of the Football Academy. He will represent the players and parents when reviewing the standard of coaching and ensure that the delivery is the highest possible quality. As part of his role, he will also monitor the students’ academic performance including attendance and submission of work. Rob has played football for a number of years, as high as the Wessex premier league and was Ryan’s Assistant Manager when the academy last found success in the 2019 League Cup. 

Rob said: “I’m determined to make the Football Academy really successful and aim to make the offer to students and players the best available.”

There will be further announcements about the coaches that will be joining the Academy in the near future, as well as updates on trials and training.

To find out more, or if you’d like to get involved with the Football Academy please contact Ryan: ( or Rob: (

Curriculum Manager for Football Academy: Sarah King (

For further media information, please contact Leila Faghihi, PR and Social Media Officer at New College