Football at Uxbridge College can boast a series of successes after an excellent year. Uxbridge College Football Academy's 1st team now plays in the English Colleges League run by the English Colleges Football Association, and finished runners-up in their division in their first year.
Students Troy Powell and Jermeel Jno-Baptise, and ex-student Dominic Rhone have all played for Grimsby Town reserves this year. The three have also been playing for Maidenhead Utd reserves, along with Lee McManus and Jordan Wells-Gardner in the Capital League this season, and have made good progress in their development.
Troy Powell was selected from the National Regional trials in October 2008, but due to a bad injury was unable to take part in the Festival trials in November 2008.
Charlie Kheun, who broke into the first team in his first year at College, was selected and played for the U18's Middlesex County Schools Rep side for the 2008/09 season.
The Academy team played host to a touring Aussie International Squad which ended in a 2-2 draw; the team also played Aldershot Town FC Academy in two friendly matches home and away, winning the home match 3-2 after being 2-0 down inside the first 20 minutes. Uxbridge beat Aldershot 5-3 in the away fixture a month later.
The Academy team is managed and coached by Kerthney Carty - known as KC; he is supported by Ian Adele, Assistant Coach with the 1st team squad who has worked very hard throughout the season with the team. KC has just been appointed 1st Team Manager of Bracknell Town FC in the Southern League, after having managed Maidenhead Utd reserves last season.
He also works with Michael Bruce, Director of ASE Academy (Academy for Sporting Excellence). Michael has coached medallists at National, Commonwealth, European and Olympic Gold. ASE is an addition to current Academy and Centre of Excellence structures for serious footballers that require that edge to be better equipped for pro-trials.
KC said: "We have had some excellent results and the most important thing is that our players are showing progression. We run workshops throughout the year to give them a chance to really sharpen their skills and knowledge. We are really looking forward to checking out the new talent at trials for Uxbridge College Football Academy."
* Trials for Uxbridge College Football Academy will be held on 20 June from 10.00am to noon at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium, Gatting Way, Uxbridge. Registration starts at 9.30am. Players will need to bring suitable clothing, shin pads and football boots - trials are held on 3G pitch.