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The Chelsea Foundation will link up with Bexhill College from September to launch a brand new football academy in the area.

The academy programme based at the college in East Sussex is a full-time course for students aged 16 to 19, which offers one- and two-year full-time education programmes based alongside a football academy run by Foundation coaches.

Courses are delivered alongside high-quality football coaching and range from level one to three, including over 40 A Levels, a variety of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Subsidiary Diplomas and other vocational courses at both Level 1 and 2.

The academy offers enthusiastic and passionate footballers, with aspirations of playing at a higher level, the chance to receive outstanding education alongside regular coaching to professional level, with weekly football coaching from UEFA B-Licenced coaches and Chelsea Foundation coaches.

Throughout the academic year, students will have access to our Cobham training ground, and the opportunity to attend workshops with guest speakers from the club as well as the chance to visit Stamford Bridge.

Sussex senior sports development officer for the Foundation, Nick Brown, said: ‘We are delighted to announce our association with Bexhill College, they have fantastic facilities and 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.’

Students will gain a real and practical insight with a specialist and unique tailored experience and will receive a Chelsea training kit and have the potential to undertake FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football Courses, which allows the potential for work placement opportunities within the Foundation.

Mark Linch, Bexhill College sports academy director said: ‘This is an exciting venture for the college, the Chelsea Foundation and also for the local area having a professional club supporting the development of footballers.

‘We are really pleased to be working alongside a such a high-profile 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 footballing ability following an open invitation trial.

For more information about the course, trial dates and an application form please visit the school web site or email: marklinch@bexhillcollege.ac.uk