Ormiston NEW Academy

Excellence through Endeavour

Football academy

  • Name: Team NEWA
  • Venue: Marsh Lane, Wolverhampton
  • When: Starts September 2016/17 season
  • League: Cat 3 national college league
  • Finance: New Academy
  • Contact: R Forsyth – Director of Football/PE Teacher
  • Aims: To give students of the Academy an opportunity to continue studying in Post 16 education in a sports (football) development programme
  • Outcomes: To be successful in their BTEC studies and to continue to develop their sports skills/education through various pathways

R Forsythe – Director of Football and PE Teacher

  • Ex-professional footballer at Birmingham City, Stoke City, Kidderminster Harriers, Peterborough United, Cheltenham Town and Blackpool
  • Fifteen-year career
  • 670 appearances
  • UEFA B qualified coach and a BA in PE from Wolverhampton University
  • Teaching career: 11 Years (Head of Year, five years) BTEC/GCSE
  • Coaching career: 7 years at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Academy Programme U9 – U18


Our football academy gives students the opportunity to excel their skills and aim to play at the highest level possible. We aim to make the centre as close to a professional academy as possible through talented staff and an unwavering dedication towards our sport.

By tailoring our coaching around student’s timetables, we have created the perfect balance of ‘learn and play’ between academic studies and sporting development. Each coach is able to spend time developing and nurturing students, and this will allow us to attract national league coaching talent to our team. They are passionate about encouraging footballing excellence and want to pass on their expertise and knowledge to the potential sporting stars of the future.

The football academy model has gained recognition as a model of excellence by the FA, Ofsted, international players and professional coaching companies. Throughout the last few years this type of programme has produced outstanding results and has enjoyed significant growth and achievement nationally. We will ensure that here at NEWA to mirror this success for our own students.

Key Achievements

A number of students have produced impressive performances, both individual players and teams. We have a very talented cohort of students in current Year 11 and 10 who have gained recognition throughout their time playing for the Academy. The teams have won various cups and leagues during this and progressed to the 4th round of the English Schools Cup, therefore this would be an ideal time to give the students the opportunity to continue their development in football.

We have had seven students who have represented the Wolverhampton Schools district teams and four players that have represented the West Midland county sides. Three students have been invited for training at various professional clubs including; Walsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.


The various pathways are designed to help each student maximise their potential in sport.

Club Links – Professional and Amateur Clubs
The department has extensive contacts to various prominent clubs in the West Midlands and beyond. Mr Forsyth has contacts to all the clubs he has played for and worked for during his 15 year career. Mr Spittle has worked for West Bromwich Albion’s Academy. Mr Hawley has been involved in the local football scene for a number of years and has work and played for various amateur clubs in Wolverhampton.

These are designed for students who may want a career connected to Football and Coaching. There will also be an opportunity for students to study this in America, if accepted and they have gained the necessary qualifications.

The students who wish to continue to study will be able to apply for university to continue their development. This pathway is for those students who want to follow academic subjects and become a physiotherapist, sports psychologist or a PE Teacher.

Coaching Badges
Students will be able to access Level 1 and Level 2 Football Association coaching Badges as well as a referee course or any other course they feel will benefit their learning experience.


  • Mr R Forsyth: Level 3 coach (ex-professional footballer, former Wolves Academy coach) and PE teacher
  • Mr R Spittle: Level 3 coach (former W.B. Academy coach) and PE teacher
  • Mr J Hawley: Level 2 coach and PE teacher
  • Mr D Smith: First-class coaching (Kidderminster Harriers coach and owns a coaching business)
  • Mr D Stevens: FA coach (delivers UEFA B and A Licence Coaching Courses for the FA) PE teacher and vast experience in football education

Coaching package

We are committed to developing our players from school, to college and then to club standard or beyond. The Football Academy aims to provide players with a professional training programme allowing them to reach their playing potential, whilst still allowing players to focus on their studies and gain academic qualifications.

A typical academy programme includes the following (detail may change to reflect sports area):

  • Contact with coaches almost daily
  • Up to 10 hours per week
  • A focus on team organisation, individual performance, team and individual task orientation, set piece training, developing team values and team spirit
  • Training to include swimming, gym work, high performance development and football skills

Team Sports Football

Players who want to play football but who do not want to train to the same level as the academy can join in our team sports package. This offers training and competitive opportunities to allow players to develop. Players will still have full access to facilities and coaching staff. Team Sports run for up to five hours per week and includes competitive fixtures if selected for the teams. We currently have four men’s teams and one women’s team.

Trial Day

Information coming soon.