Bexhill College, in association with Chelsea Football Club Foundation, offers one and two year full-time education programmes alongside a football academy for talented footballers aged between 16-19 years old.
Students have the opportunity to study from a vast range of courses which are delivered alongside high quality football coaching. Courses range from level 1 to level 3, which includes over 40 A Levels, a variety of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / Subsidiary Diplomas and other vocational courses at both Level 1 and 2.
Nick Brown, Chelsea’s South East Senior Sports Development Officer, said:
"We are delighted to announce our association with Bexhill College, they have fantastic facilities and we believe the academy will be a huge success on and off the field. We are excited to get started and look forward to supporting the College with their aspirations for the students."
The football academy offers passionate, enthusiastic and committed footballers who have aspirations of playing football at a higher level with opportunities to receive an outstanding education alongside regular coaching to a professional level. Students will gain a real and practical insight with a unique tailored experience with Chelsea FC Foundation.
Awarded charitable status in 2010, the Foundation brings together Football in the Community and Education. As one of the world’s leading football social responsibility programmes the Chelsea FC Foundation uses the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire. The Foundation believe that the power of football can be harnessed to support communities and individuals both at home and abroad. On top of their outstanding football development programmes, the Foundations work also focuses on a broad range of other initiatives including employment, education, social deprivation and crime reduction.
The vision of both the College and Chelsea FC Foundation is to provide footballers in Sussex the opportunity to receive professional coaching and football experience that aids their ability whilst achieving an outstanding education. Students will study their chosen academic studies from the wide range of academic and vocational qualifications on offer by the College, which can be tailored to suit a student's individual learning needs. Typically, a student would be able to choose to study a 3 A Level programme or a full time vocational course at level 1, 2 or 3 depending on their likely GCSE grades and these choices will be timetabled around the Football Academy Programme.
The Football Academy programme will offer weekly football coaching from UEFA B Licenced and Chelsea FC Foundation coaches on the new outstanding 3G All Weather Pitch at the College and access to the £1 million strength and conditioning gym at the College Sports Centre. Throughout the academic year, students will have access to the Chelsea FC Training Ground (at Cobham) for training / match purposes. They’ll also having the opportunity to attend workshops with guest speakers from Chelsea FC staff, visit the Chelsea FC Museum and have a stadium tour.
Students will receive a branded Chelsea FC Foundation Training Kit and have the potential to undertake FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football Courses, which allow the potential for work placement opportunities within the Foundation. The academy will attend the annual Foundation Tournament with potential for selection for the Foundation representative team, entry into National ESFA Cup Tournament, County and Regional Competitions and potential to attend Sussex County Representative U19’s Trials.
Bexhill College Sports Academy Director Mark Linch commented:
“This is an exciting venture for the College, CFCF and for the local area having a professional club supporting the development of footballers.”
Karen Hucker, Principal said:
"We are really pleased to be working alongside such a high profile professional club who share our vision of ensuring students get the best opportunities for football development alongside an outstanding post 16 education. This combination of success will ensure the best future progression for young people.”
Students will be offered places in the academy based on their football ability following an open invitation trial. New students who have not already participated in a trial who would like to study at the College and be offered a place in the academy should attend on Monday 3rd July at 3.30pm at Bexhill College on the 3G pitch. Please email Sports Academy Director, Mark Linch, for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org