Thomas Bennett Community College are recruiting boys aged 16-19 for their football academy in association with Chelsea FC Foundation.
The Academy which starts in September 2015 is a full-time course for sixth form students incorporating both full-time football training with post-16 studies.The Academy is holding its first open trial on Saturday, February 7 at 2pm on the 3G training pitch in Broadfield.
The course, based at the school, will provide an opportunity for students to develop their football and academic abilities in a professional environment. The course has two specific elements. While the practical component targets helping students meet their individual playing potential, whatever this may be, the academic side focuses on further education and gaining qualifications at all levels.
“Our Academy course has been a great success in its first year and we have already reached the Under 19 Sussex County Cup Semi-Final in March 2015.
This is a great achievement and now we are looking to develop the programme further next year”
said academy director, Chris Jones.
“Our programme has created opportunities to not only to further their football achievements but also their coaching and football specific higher education which is a key part of the provision.”
Students will take part in a full time training programme which will cover technical, tactical and physical elements of football to an elite level.
Teams will compete in U19s leagues and play friendlies with Elite level academies to help them transfer their learning into real game scenarios.
Nick Brown, Chelsea FC Foundation’s development officer for Sussex and Kent, added “We have been working with Thomas bennett for ten years and are delighted to be joining forces with the academy.”
UEFA qualified coaches will work with students to manage the squad members in training sessions and in a competitive league fixtures.
The trial will run on Saturday, February 7 from 2pm–3pm. All players are asked to post or email an application form into the school with their details to confirm their place at the trial.
For more information about the course and to download an application form please visit the school website: www.thomasbennett-tkat.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org