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Our Footballing ’mantra’ at RGS is ‘Football for all’, facilitating and nurturing an environment of positivity, creativity, valuing every individual’s contribution to the team. Excellence in training and match days is mirrored in our conduct in all facets of School life. Our Footballing culture and Charter of Sport instil values encouraging every player and coach to be the best version of themselves both individually and collectively.

Football at RGS is led with passion and enthusiasm, with adaptive styles of play that capture collective strengths and allow all pupils the opportunity to express themselves within our coaching and playing framework. We have developed a consistent reputation for providing challenging and competitive fixtures against many of the strongest independent and state schools in the Midlands and South West of England.

a coaching framework that mirrors the fa’s player and coach pathways at fa level 2 and uefa b.


Our coaching programme is led by Mr Gary Leeds, who has accumulated a wealth of semi-professional playing and coaching experience over the last thirty-five years. Mr Peter Smith our new Football professional coach was a professional at Wolves FC before studying and playing Collegiate Football in America and continuing his career in Spain and Sweden respectively.

Our Principles of Play of ‘In possession’, ‘Out of Possession’ and transitions are underpinned by our DNA of 6D’s. Run to: Receive, Deceive, Retrieve, Restrict, Risk and Reward. Our coaching framework detailing a progressive pathway from Under 9s through to Under 18s mirrors the FA’s player and coach pathways at FA Level 2, UEFA B and UEFA A levels. This framework, coupled with an ever-improving and evolving coach development programme, has resulted in greater consistency, depth, knowledge, experience and success in the delivery of training sessions and match performances.

Participation rates in Football are high, with every age group having at least two competitive sides. Our new performance model has placed greater emphasis on the transitional stages between Under 15 and the Senior squads including a very competitive two-term fixtures at Senior level schedule and greater depth in our performance analysis programme. Our Junior programme continues to evolve and expand with a greater number of boys and girls representing the school.

Football at RGS continues to flourish, further evidenced by the increasing Independent Schools’ Football Association (ISFA) representation from pupils, as well as County age group selection. Max Moses, Theo Houston, Max Pearce, Oscar Greenwood and Sofia Stolt continue to blaze a trail at their respective academies, England Under 15, ISFA National Under 15s, ISFA National Under 13s and Worcester City FC Women’s.

Girls Football Club

Head of Football, Mr Gary Leeds, said: “The Girls Football Club was launched at RGS in 2021 and has continued to flourish with well over 30 girls attending regularly. The Club has given the girls an opportunity to express their talents and develop their footballing core skills. This term, we have focused on creating space, passing and controlling under pressure, and some attacking and defending components.

Those who represent the School 1st XI get the unique opportunity to play at Sixways Stadium in the annual Challenge Cup. Supporters come in their thousands to cheer on the team in what is a special experience for all those involved.

launched in 2021 and has well over 30 girls attending regularly.

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