Curriculum Football

Football is a key strand of the excellent sporting education that students receive at Queen Ethelburga’s and is available to students of all abilities, from Year 3 to 13.  


Competitive Football

QE competes in local and national competitions as full members of the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA), Independent Schools Association (ISA), English Schools Football Association (ESFA) and Association of Colleges (AoC). At senior level, QE students take part in fixtures against professional academy teams that provide great opportunities for students to test themselves against some of the best players nationally.  

As part of the Performance Sports Programme (PSP), students sign up to additional sessions, beyond the curriculum, that provide opportunities to work on skills, tactics, strength and conditioning, analysis and nutrition.  


Past Success

Our current first team won the ISA Nothern 8-a-side tournament.

Present and former students have represented the ISFA National teams, at different age groups, and some also play extra-curricular football at county or semi-professional level.

A number of our students, past and present, have secured sports scholarships to student and represent college teams in America.

Football at Queen Ethelburga's
QE Senior Footballers Claim Northern Trophy
QE Football Captain Receives ISFA Trophy
QE Football 8-a-side Team

Coaching Expertise  

Mr Paul Bolland is Queen Ethelburga’s Lead Football Coach. He is a former professional footballer and holder of a Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) B Level 3 Coaching Licence, an FA Youth Award and is currently working towards his UEFA A Level 4 Licence.  

Mr Bolland enjoyed a 15-year professional playing career, making over 400 appearances whilst representing Bradford City, Notts County, Grimsby Town, Macclesfield Town, Mansfield Town and Harrogate Town Football Clubs.  

His career highlights include appearances at Wembley Stadium in the 2008 Football League Trophy final and the League Two Play-off Final, at the Millennium Stadium, in 2006. Since retiring from the professional game, Mr Bolland has also been Head Coach for Harrogate Town U18s and he has managed his own football academy.  

Performance Football Coach, Mr Tom Newey, is a former English professional footballer and holder of both a UEFA A Level 4 Coaching Licence an an FA Youth Award. During a 15-year professional playing career, he played over 475 games, representing Leeds United, Cambridge United, Darlington, Leyton Orient, Grimsby Town, Rochdale, Bury, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United, Oxford United and Northampton Town Football Clubs.  

Whilst at Grimsby Town, Mr Newey played in the League Two Play-off Final, at the Millennium stadium, and also captained his side in the Football League Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium. Since retiring from the professional game, he has completed a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sports Science, and coached in professional academies at Rotherham United and Leeds United.  



The QE coaches maintain their connections with contacts from the professional game, which has enabled them to organise several fixtures against Academy club teams such as Leeds United, Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday. Students also take part in football programmes with UK universities and fellow ISFA member schools and compete in local and national tournaments.

In addition, strong links have been made with USA Sport Scholarship organisations who offer a realistic pathway to UK students. In recent years, a number of QE students have achieved full and partial scholarship offers in the US.



QE is proud to provide world class facilities for football including: a triple court sports hall, seven exceptional grass pitches suitable for football and four 3G artificial pitches, all kept by professional grounds staff. Find out more, here.

Queen Ethelburga's Map of Sports Pitches

Football Testimonials

Ewan Gray - Football - Class of 2018
Leona Marshall

The QE experience is not something you find easily. It has a perfect balance of high standard academics and high standard sport which is exactly what I was looking for after being released by York City Football Club. Deciding to go to QE was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I would not be where I am today if it was not for everyone at QE.

Dan Dekanski - Football - Class of 2018
Leona Marshall

The standard of coaching is in a different class. Mr Bolland and Mr Newey always pushed us to be the best players we could, whilst also always believing in us, giving us support when needed, and having a great time along the way too. 

QE has made it possible for me to realise my potential and I will forever be thankful for the place.

Latest Football News

QE Welcomes Leeds United U16s for a Football Match Against Our First 11

Coming up this Saturday, Queen Ethelburga's 1st XI team will play a friendly against Leeds United U16s youth academy team.

Team QE Footballers Crowned Winners of Independent Schools Northern Eight-a-side Tournament 

Queen Ethelburga's senior footballers won the ISA Northern Eight-a-side Tournament at Bolton School, Greater Manchester. Against the best teams in the region, they improved on last year's semi-finalist placing.

Lead Football Coach, Paul Bolland, Mentioned in The Telegraph

Ex-professional footballer and Lead Football Coach at Queen Ethelburga's, Paul Bolland, was mentioned today in a Telegraph article about how more professional footballers are going up through a private school route.

QE Student Receives his U18 ISA Football Cap

Congratulations to Year 13 student, Luke, on receiving his U18 ISFA Cap after his performance against the Welsh Schools FA this weekend at Shrewsbury School.

Premier League Primary Stars Football Coaching Scheme at Chapter House

There was great excitement this week in the Year 2 and 3 games lesson when the children had the opportunity to try out the new equipment Chapter House has received, following a successful application for the Premier League Primary Stars Award.