Hawks Academy

Havant and Waterlooville FC Academy:

The Havant and Waterlooville F.C. Academy has proved to be a great success over recent years with a number of players such as Marley Ridge, Alfy Whittingham and Charlie Searle making the transition from Academy to first team.

Students will have a healthy mix of both practical and theory with the Academy taking part in The National Alliance U19 league, The FA Youth Cup, Hampshire Midweek Floodlit Cup and other competitions.

On top of that, those who take part will also come out with a BTEC with a series of units being studied during the two-year course.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including English and Maths and preferably Science. Students will be considered with a Level 2 BTEC at Distinction standard providing they have achieved relevant GCSE’s. Students must have experience of performing at a high standard and a football trial must also be carried out by applicants.


On this course you will study:


Year One core units:

Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport

Fitness testing for sport and exercise

The physiology of fitness

Assessing risk in sport

Sports nutrition


Year One specialist units:

Rules, regulations and officiating in sport

Sport as a business

Current issues in sport

Analysis of sports performance

Sports coaching


Year Two core units:

Fitness training and programming

Psychology for sports performance

The athlete’s lifestyle

Technical and tactical skills in sport


Year Two specialist units:

Sports injuries

Work experience in sport

Organising sports events

Sport and exercise massage

Functional Skills Awards will be taken in IT and Employment Skills during the course. All Academy students train up to four times a week.


Teaching and Learning

We provide players with an excellent opportunity to analyse and focus on their game management and awareness. This is supported by the introduction of SportMast for the 2016/17 season. Located 7.5 meters above the training ground, the telescopic camera provides a great basis for sports analysis which is then converted to a software package and made available to players for both personal reviews, and to support with assignment tasks.

Other partners who utilise SportMast technology include; Football Association, Portsmouth FC, Rugby Football Union and Lawn Tennis Association. Each member of the squad will play for one of the academy teams, playing home and away fixtures on a Wednesday afternoon.

Our Academy is based on site and we have our very own state of the art 4G astro turf which we use for both training (5 hours a week) and matches on a daily basis. As well as the astro turf facility we have our fitness centre and sports hall. This consists of a range of fitness equipment used to enhance the performance of our athletes.

Offsite we have West Leigh Park, home of Havant and Waterlooville Football Club. Our first team players have the opportunity to showcase their skills on the Clubs ground as Academy players to Havant and Waterlooville Football Club.

Work experience will be carried out in both the first year and second year of study and students will have an opportunity to develop key vocational and work-related skills.

The course will give the student the opportunity to visit a number of local universities to support academic study and progression. The course will also give the student an opportunity to visit some of the most well-known football stadiums in the country on trips.

Practical Assessments are also undertaken.

We hope this has given you a good insight to the course undertaken in conjunction with HSDC College!