Congratulations to RMA varndean boys for winning the 2018 Sussex schools fa cup

We enjoyed a really pleasing finish to our first season as an U19 Academy side in association with Varndean College. I’m writing this just after finishing our last game of the season in the ECFA league.

Considering we have only been going 9/10 months as College Academy we have managed to win the Sussex Colleges league going unbeaten and finishing 2nd in the ECFA Regional Colleges league. Even more impressive in consideration that this is the first time Varndean College have entered the league. Only long cup runs and poor weather stopped us gaining the necessary points to win the league.

The style and brand of football the Academy have played this season, has been a pleasure to watch and coach and also been complimented by many of the sides we have played against. This is a testament to the boys and the fantastic season they have had and represented the RMA Badge, The College and most importantly themselves in a way everybody can be proud of.
Jay Lovett, RMA U19’s Academy Manager

Recruitment for next academic year is well under way and we hope to continue to build our reputation and build on our successes on and off the pitch for years to come.


The Russell Martin Academy Football Development programme is an outstanding opportunity for young talented footballers between the ages of 16-19 to continue their academic and footballing career development.

Combine an intensive 11-a-side football training and college fixture programme with showcase games against professional teams during the season.

Football Education Programme


• Full time training programme delivered by UEFA A Licensed Coach, Jay Lovett and UEFA B Licensed Coach, Sergio Torres.
• Strength and conditioning programmes with excellent training facilities.
• Regular competition with English Colleges FA Regional League and Sussex Schools U19 League.


• 2017 the A level pass rate was 97.8%
• More than half of Varndean’s students obtained A*-B grades and over 78% achieving A*-C grades
• More than two thirds of subjects achieved 100% pass rate
• FA Level 1 Coaching Qualification

Russell Martin will also operate as a guest coach taking many sessions with the players throughout the year. RMA wishes to help students with pathways into sports careers and higher education and to aid this there will be regular from highly regarded professional people in sport in Psychology, Physiotherapy, Sports science, Coaching, Nutrition, Analysis, Leadership and more.

To register your interest in attending please email or call 01273 591364. There are limited spaces available.