Sports Performance Programmes

The aim of the Sport Performance Development Programme is to provide the opportunity for students to receive professional coaching in their selected sport while studying at the college. Students will benefit from expert coaching, allowing them to develop their sporting performance, technical skills and tactical understanding. These programmes run in conjunction with local clubs providing an onward pathway for students to continue with the sport in the community and compete on a local, county and regional level. These courses run alongside a programme of A Levels or vocational qualifications including BTEC Sport and Fitness qualifications.


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The football performance programme includes intensive training and competition at high performance level. The programme will be led by ex-professional players with assistant coaches. All hold UEFA B and A licence qualifications. The RMA provides links with pro and semi pro clubs and wants to give our players the chance to test themselves with showcase games against professional teams during the season. In 2018 the RMA Varndean Boys were the proud winners of the Sussex Schools FA Cup and were finalists again in 2020.

The programme includes:

  • Full time training programme on grass and 3G pitches
  • Strength and conditioning programmes with good gym facilities
  • Performance analysis sessions
  • Study for FA Level 1 coaching certificate
  • Study for Sports Leaders Award

Netball Performance Development Programme

Working with local clubs, this programme involves training and matches with expert coaching allowing the students to represent the college in competition and providing a pathway to club netball.

Tennis Performance Development Programme

Run at Preston Lawn Tennis Club, this allows students to receive professional coaching in an amazing community club with exclusive facilities including clay courts and floodlights allowing training and competition all year round.

Rugby Performance Development Programme

Working with the RFU this programme allows students to develop their sports performance and game knowledge, represent the college in competition and progress in the club game through our link clubs. In 2019 Varndean College also formed a partnership with Brighton Rugby Club, delivering a development programme which provides players with coaching alongside their studies.

Basketball Performance Development Programme

Basketball students will receive development training to raise their level of performance, compete for the college and progress to the club environment.