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Online Learning (24/03/2017)

Essential Sports Training will implement Virtual Learning across every academy as from September 2017, all students will have access to tablet computers which will have Microsoft Office built in and all assignment will be submitted via this portal.



Student Success (23/03/2017)

Lewes FC Academy keeper Connor Fawdry has been offered a place at the football specialist University, the University College of Football Business based at Wembley Stadium. Connor has spent the last 2 years at Essential Sports Lewes FC Academy and has achieved a Distinction * grade in his BTEC L3 Diploma.

USA Scholarship (23/03/2017)

Lewes FC Academy top scorer Jack Barlow has been offered a scholarship to the prestigious University of Minnesota in the USA. Jack has completed an BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Sport with Essential Sports Training and has now been awarded a football scholarship to study in the States.

RoATP (14/03/2017)
We are pleased to say that Essential Sports Training Ltd has been successful in it's application to the SFA (Skills Funding Agency) to the RoATP. (Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers)

As a main provider we will be able to:


  • Deliver apprenticeship training to employers that will pay the apprenticeship levy, for any apprenticeships that start on or after 1st May 2017

  • Deliver apprenticeship training to your own apprentices, or apprentices of your connected companies’ for any apprenticeships that start on or after 1st May 2017 (if you will be paying the apprenticeship levy)

  • Deliver apprenticeship training as a subcontractor for any apprenticeships that start on or after 1st May 2017.

Rail Strikes (01/01/2017)

Last updated 1pm 4 Jan

ASLEF has announced the reduction of next week’s driver strikes on Southern from six days to three although services are still expected to be severely disrupted every day until further notice due to the ASLEF union’s refusal for drivers to work overtime.

The new dates for the drivers’ strikes are:

  • Tuesday 10 January
  • Wednesday 11 January
  • Friday 13 January

Further strikes have been announced for:

  • Tuesday 24 January
  • Wednesday 25 January
  • Friday 27 January

Other operators’ services are not affected, but may be busier. Journey planners will only be updated 24 hours before the date in question. 

Rail Strike Update (05/12/2016)

Please remember that we expect all students to arrive at school punctually.

RMT and ASLEF strikes on Southern Railway – update

ASLEF union has announced that its driver members will be taking strike action on Southern railway on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 December
  • Monday 9 to Saturday 14 January

There will be no Southern railway services on most routes on these days.

In addition, ASLEF have announced that their driver members will take ‘action short of a strike’ (an overtime ban) from Tuesday 6 December.

The RMT union still plans for its conductor members to take strike action on:

  • Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 December
  • Thursday 22 December to Saturday 24 December
  • Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January 2017

Spring Term Begins (05/12/2016)
Spring Term begins 3rd Jan 2017

Railway Update (11/11/2016)

We have received the following information.  May we remind you that we expect all students to arrive at college punctually.

"Strike action by RMT union: update

Govia Thameslink Railway regrets that the RMT union has announced strike action by its conductor members on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 22 November and Wednesday 23 November 2016
  • Tuesday 6 December to Thursday 8 December 2016
  • Thursday 22 December to Saturday 24 December 2016
  • Saturday 31 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017

If these strikes go ahead, Southern Railway services will be affected severely, although most stations on the Southern network will be served either by Southern, another rail operator or a replacement bus service.

In order to provide the fullest service we can on these days, we are reviewing the experience of recent strikes, and will confirm the arrangements for future strikes as soon as possible. We recommend that passengers check updated information before they travel at”

Southern Rail Update (01/11/2016)

We have received the following information from Southern Railway.  Please remember that students must attend college punctually.

"Southern Railway: RMT strike action

The RMT union has called off its strike on London Poppy Day, November 3, but still plans to go ahead with strike action on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November,  Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 November, and Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 December. While Southern Railway will run as many services as possible on these days, and on the majority of routes passengers will be able to travel either on a Southern train, another operator’s train, or a bus, the company regrets that some routes will be disrupted severely.


Southern will continue to update information on strike day timetables at”

Essential Gems @Big Battle Weekend (27/06/2016)

Essential Gems Cheerleaders spent their Saturday afternoon performing at Battle’s Big Weekend where they showcased the skills and routines they have been working on this term. The audience had the pleasure of watching a junior cheer performance, a tumbling duo from Maeve and Leah, as well as open stunts and cheers from the whole squad.


‘This was the girls first performance to the public, they were very nervous but performed fantastically. The audience, the team and myself were very impressed with them all.’ Says Ryane Winning, Head Coach at Essential Gems.


Essential Cheer will be coming to Sussex in September 2016. For more information or how to register your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Team GB Deaf (15/06/2016)



EST Lewes FC Academy player Louis Smart has been selected to be part of the Team GB Deaf Football Squad for the upcoming European Championships in Poland.

New Office Premises (14/06/2016)

EST are very pleased to announce the opening of their new offices in Chessington. The company has grown  and undertaken some important changes recently. 

Our new office is one of a number new projects EST is making to facilitate it's expansion, alongside investment in staff, to continue to improve our services to our customer base.



Sugar Tax (16/03/2016)

16 March 2016

ukactive have responded to the 2016 budget and in particular George Osborne's announcement that a levy on sugar will get the next generation 'fit for the future', and welcomes the extra investment for children's activity programmes.

Responding to the announcement that the Primary PE and Sport Premium will be doubled to £320m to spend from 2017, Executive Director Steven Ward said it was a chance to turn the tide on generation inactive.

Ward said that it was absolutely crucial that the extra funding be put to use to tackle the childhood inactivity crisis and focus on ensuring that every child in the UK has the opportunity for an active start to life.

ukactive Executive Director Steven Ward said: "I join every ukactive member in welcoming this opportunity to provide a fitter future for our children.

Today's announcement from the Chancellor of a near half-billion pound boost to children's activity is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get more children active and we need to grasp it with both hands.

Whilst recognising the good work that is already happening in schools thanks to the Primary PE and Sport Premium, this means going further than just getting children playing sport at school, by looking at building activity into lessons, on the walk to school, on the weekend, during the holidays and at home. From pre-natal to post-natal, right up to college age, we have an opportunity to get this right, right now and this injection of resources is our chance to do that.

We look forward to working with government, our stakeholders, members and partners to use this chance to look at the whole picture and to prioritise funding to projects and programmes that will have the biggest impact in getting the most children active.

There are 168 hours in a child's week so we'd be naïve to think that by driving investment towards a small proportion of those hours via PE and school sport that we wouldn't be making a mistake. We've got to look at the whole picture. The Chief Medical Officer called for 60 active minutes every day for every child - that now has to be our single minded goal."