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Academies

Practice your English while focusing on a skill you love. 

We are proud to introduce Bell academies for summer 2018. 

Bell academies give students the chance to specialise in one particular area of interest. The academies will be delivered by professionals with many years of industry experience, so students can practice their English while focusing on learning or developing their chosen skill. Students will receive 18 hours of their chosen activity over a two-week period while on their Summer Explorer course.

Academy options are booked in advance and are available at Bloxham School, The Leys and Wellington College.

Academy fees are added to the Summer Explorer course fee as an additional charge. 

Watch our video to hear more about our Academies.

Football academy with Reading FC at Wellington College

Football Academy at Wellington College

Students will receive professional football coaching from Reading FC Community Trust. Coaches are qualified by the FA and have extensive experience with both male and female footballers. 

Coaching will cover technical aspects of the game including:

  • Dribbling
  • Passing 
  • Shooting
  • Heading
  • Tackling 
  • Goalkeeping. 

Students will get a chance to put all these skills into practice through supervised matches. The academy also includes a guided tour of the Madejski Stadium, home to Reading FC. 

Find out more about our football academy with our video.

Tennis academy at the Leys School

Tennis Academy at The Leys School

The tennis academy option is ideal for students who want to receive professional tennis tuition. All coaches are qualified by the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) and have experience in teaching students of all abilities. 

Students will play on a range of surfaces, working on their forehand, backhand, volley shots and services and will get to apply their newly learnt skills in regular games. 

As the UK is the home of grass court tennis, students will have the chance to practise playing on this surface and learn about the different skills and techniques required. 

More information on our tennis academy can be found in our video.

eSports Acaedmy at Wellington College

eSports Academy at Wellington College

In this innovative academy, experienced industry professionals will show students how computer games are a unique way to develop their English language and teamwork skills. 

Students will explore topics such as:

  • The history of computer games
  • The rise of the internet
  • Multi-player games
  • The way people play today. 

Sessions will be held close to Wellington, at Quantum Web Cafe, the UK's longest running internet cafe and gaming zone. The academy is hosted by professional gaming coach, Jason Deane, who has taken part in the CyberOlympics. As part of the course, students will explore the future of eSports and learn about the opportunities of this new and exciting world. 

Jason tell us more about our eSports academy in our video.

Performing Arts Academy at Wellington College

Performing Arts Academy at Wellington College

Taught by an experienced Performing Arts Specialist, students will improve their theatrical skills through activities such as:

  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Stage management 
  • Costume and set design. 

Students will have their moment in the spotlight as they create an end-of-course production to be performed to their fellow students and Bell staff. 

Learn more about our performing arts academy with our video.

Horse-riding at Wellington Academy

Horse-riding Academy at Wellington College

Our horse-riding academy takes place at a long-established equestrian school, approved by the British Horse Society and Association of British Riding Schools. 

Led by professional trainers, students will:

  • Develop their riding skills including walking, trotting and cantering
  • Learn about stable management and how to care for horses
  • Learn how to safely handle and tack up horses in the stables. 

Students will have the opportunity to display what they have learnt during the academy at a final 'tack and turnout' show and will be presented with a certificate and rosette to celebrate their achievements. 

Johnathan Rudland, Bell's Activities Project Manager, talks about our horse riding academy in our video.

Art and design academy at Bloxham School

Art and Design Academy at Bloxham School

Our Art and Design academy is perfect for budding artists who want to improve their creative skills. 

Led by an experienced art teacher, students will develop their personal creativity and explore different artistic styles. 

  • Animation 
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Graphic design
  • Sculpting.

Students will work towards creating a bespoke piece of art to showcase their hard work and artistic flair. 

For a look at our art and design academy watch our video.

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