CHELSEA FOUNDATION AND LONDON COLLEGE LAUNCH FUTSAL PROGRAMME
The Chelsea FC Foundation has teamed up with the @Futsal Group and St Joseph's College in Norwood, London to offer 30 young people aged 16 to 19 the opportunity participate in aneducation and Futsal programme.
Players will learn and train at St Joseph's College in London under the educational expertise of tutors from the college using a pioneering on-line learning platform. Coaches from the Chelsea Foundation will be resident at the college and will be responsible for delivering a blended football and Futsal coaching syllabus, which will lead the young people to gain Futsal coaching and refereeing qualifications.
The scholars will represent the Chelsea Foundation in a national league competing against other community programmes including Manchester City, Cardiff City FC and Leeds United.
The education programme will enable the young people to earn a BTEC national diploma in sport, which provides a pathway to further university education or a career in the coaching, sports or leisure industry.
Shaun Gore, head of community development at Chelsea FC Foundation, says: 'We are delighted to be involved with such a forward-thinking programme. It gives young people the unique opportunity to develop their football, educational and social skills in a sporting environment, while gaining a national BTEC qualification. It is a valuable addition to our community programme.'
Kevin Dwyer, vice-principal at St Joseph's College, adds: 'Sport is a very important feature of St Joseph's College and we are delighted to be linking up with our partners to develop this exciting new programme for 16 to 19 year olds. I believe this partnership will offer a high quality educational and sporting experience enabling the scholars to progress to university degrees or employment. Sport has a vital role in inspiring students to "be their best". Futsal will be an exciting and growing element of our sports offer.'
Frank Rodriguez, managing director @Futsal Group, says: 'We are delighted to be collaborating with all of our partners on a programme that will enable such positive and far-reaching outcomes for young people aspiring to careers or further education in football, sports or leisure.'
Any young people that would like to register for the programme are aged 16 to 18 and have or are forecast to have four GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above can apply now.
Trials and interviews will be taking place at St Joseph's College Norwood in London on Saturday 1 June 2013 and Friday 7 June 2013 respectively.