Former Student/ Professional Football Player works with Football Academy

01 September

Former Student/ Professional Football Player works with Football Academy

Bexhill College Football Academy, in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Football Club, are pleased to finally announce that former student, James Vaughan, has been working with the Academy players since the beginning of 2020 until Lockdown restrictions were put in place for COVID19.

James had previously graduated from Northwood University in Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and, as a result of his time playing football for the university, and captaining the team to numerous championships, earned himself a professional football contract with Detroit City FC.

The delay in the announcement had been due to the unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic caused issues with James’ Professional Athlete Visa in the United States which has led him to reside back in Bexhill and sign for Eastbourne Borough FC for the 2020/21 season.

Vaughan, a former student of the College who studied Level 3 Sport Science and FA Level 2 Award for Football Coaching, was back in the UK visiting his family in the off-season when the Visa issue occurred as a result of US leagues being suspended. He contacted the College about using the fantastic footballing facilities to maintain his fitness throughout his off-season and in return, James provided the students with career guidance and a talk about his journey from Bexhill College to the United States, and receiving a full scholarship in order to play football whilst studying for a business degree at Northwood University, Michigan. James also agreed to assist the Academy first team with training sessions and support them on match days. James’ input and guidance were greatly received by the Academy players, being able to join in sessions while offering specialist coaching for the midfield players, where he passed on his own knowledge and experiences of playing football in the United States. A highlight of James’ contribution was when James shared with the students one of his championship winners’ rings which he secured during his playing career at the University.

Academy Director, Sean Noble, commented “We are very proud of James and his journey from attending Bexhill College to playing professionally in the US, it shows our current students that if they apply themselves fully to both their studies and football that they can really achieve great things. Within the sessions, James’ input and knowledge was invaluable and supported the messages the College has been trying to give the players all year. For the players to be able to interact with a player of James’ standard was an unexpected bonus of the Academy programme this year but one we hope to be able to replicate, if possible, in the future.”

For James, the focus will now be having a successful season with Eastbourne Borough FC, commenting; “After being in the US for 5 years, when I returned to the Bexhill College campus I could not believe the renovations that have been made to the sports facilities. The new gym is an unbelievable addition to the College as this is where students, through hard work, improve as athletes. Also, the new 3G pitch enables players to train on a quality surface week in, week out. With Sean Noble’s great footballing philosophies, this will bring a lot more success to the program.”

Bexhill College’s Football Academy is also in association with the Chelsea Football Club Foundation. Click here for further information about the Bexhill College Football Academy and the opportunities it provides. 

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