Our BUCS programmes have achieved incredible success this year, with both our Football and American Football Academies demonstrating their prowess.
Our American Football Academy finished 2nd in BUCS premier and will face Durham in the playoffs meanwhile our Male Football Academy are Western 4A Champions and will be promoted to Western 3A after a 3-1 victory against Southampton.
In their first season in the top division (second season in BUCS), our American Football Academy finished as runners-up in the BUCS Prem South. The team's next games is a home playoff game against Durham on March 5th. Moreover, the squad has had ten members signed onto pro contracts in Germany. Despite being the smallest student body participating in BUCS American Football, the team has outperformed some of the country's biggest universities whilst also having the youngest team with no post-graduate students.
"What they have already achieved with promotion last year and the wins this year is incredible. Every game now could be the end of our season, so the pressure is on our young team to overachieve once again. I know they will relish this challenge."
Ben Herod - Director of American Football
The squad's biggest BUCS result was a whopping 83-0 against UEA. However, beating Birmingham 56-0 was arguably their most impressive score. Birmingham AMF is well-established and invests heavily in the sport at the university, so it was a tremendous achievement for the SGS Pride team.
The Male Football Academy has been promoted this season in the BUCS Western Division 4A. This year marks their fourth successive promotion in as many years. The team, managed by David Hockaday, has gone unbeaten so far this season, scoring key victories against Southampton 2’s (home and away), Exeter 4’s (away), Bournemouth 2’s (home), Bath Spa 1’s (away), and Bath 4’s (home and away). Alongside the team's success, several individual players have made great strides in their football careers. Rabby Minzamba and Kyrese Morrison are playing for Bath City, Jeffrey Barimah and Jadyn Crosbie are regularly playing for Mangotsfield Utd, and Sam Hedges is playing for Bridgwater Utd.
"I cannot express how proud I am of this group of players who have been stretched to their limits and have continued to perform at an incredibly high standard, winning yet another BUCS League title. Not only have they excelled as a team here at SGS college, but they have also gone on to progress in their individual football pathways, playing at very high standards in the semi-pro game,"
David Hockaday - Director of Football.
Some Key results from the Male Football Academy this year:
SGS 4-0 Bath 4s
SGS 5-4 Southampton 2s
UWE 2s 3-6 SGS
Bath 4s 0-6 SGS
SGS 5-0 Bournemouth 2s
Bath Spa 1s 1-6 SGS
Exeter 4s 1-2 SGS
Southampton 1-3 SGS
Everyone at SGS College is incredibly proud of the success of our Academies this year and cannot wait to see what the future brings for these programmes.