College Programmes

The elite and recreational academy programmes offer both male and female players from all over the world the opportunity to broaden their educational learning while participating in a fully comprehensive training and playing programme.

Male academies are currently established at The Sandwich Technology School in Kent, Amersham and Wycombe College in Buckinghamshire, Itchen College in Hampshire, Strodes College in Middlesex, Merrist Wood Agricultural College in Surrey, Thomas Bennett Community College, Clacton Coastal Football Academy, St Joseph’s College in Croydon and Queensmead School in Ruislip. Our Female Academy runs at Merrist Wood Agricultural College and Amershame and Wycombe College.

The Academy students have personalised schedules and timetables which enable the balance of lessons against the rigours of an in-depth football development programme. All aspects of football are catered for and the programmes often see the students taking their first steps onto the coaching ladder via in-house FA courses.

The academies offer a great opportunity for students to expand their education while learning about the game they all love. With first-class facilities and resources, the academies provide an excellent pathway to learning.


Sandwich Technology School:

Based at Sandwich Technology School in Kent, the football academy has been established for 7 years and is now entering into its third year in association with Chelsea FC Foundation. The academy is unique in that the staff are fully qualified teachers as well as being all UEFA ‘A’ and ‘B’ licensed coaches with experience in the professional game.

It has a proven and well-established track record with many of its students gaining university placements including Liverpool John Moores, a world leading institute for football and science. Others have chosen to take up playing scholarships in the USA. Its academic success sits alongside a robust player development programme designed to maximize potential in the four keys areas of performance.

The academy has good links with a number of professional clubs in Italy and with the support of Chelsea FC Foundation, recently travelled to Sardinia to play Cagliari FC primavera. 

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Strodes College:

Students at Strode’s College benefit from a whole host of facilities provided on campus for all different sports.  Students are encouraged to take part in sporting activities at the college and have high quality sporting equipment to do so. Alongside this Strode’s offers a programme where footballers are coached by top class coaches from the Chelsea FC Foundation.

Strode’s has succeeded in the sports department at county, national and international level as well as winning all the major Surrey men’s and women’s football cups.

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Merrist Wood College:

For talented male and female football players aged between the ages of 16 to 19, the Chelsea FC Foundation Programme provides players with first-class training and development in conjunction with full-time academic study. Situated just outside of Guildford, the college provides outdoor and indoor facilities for all its students to progress further in their sporting ability, other reasons to apply include:

  • You will receive up to 10 hours of coaching from professional coaches from the Chelsea FC Foundation
  • You will compete in the BCS performance Under 19s Academy League and the British Colleges National Cup - both competitions offer a competition level for all players
  • Training and fixtures often take place at the Chelsea FC Training Facility situated in Cobham, Surrey
  • You will have access to performance strength and conditioning coaching
  • You will be encouraged to gain your FA Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Coaching Football and progress on to coaching players in the local community
  • The qualification you will achieve is the equivalent to 3 A levels which will provide you with the option of moving on to University or to employment within the sports industry

Students have access to a sports hall and weights room to enhance their training.

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Thomas Bennett Community College:

Thomas Bennett Community College takes pride what we offer on and off the pitch. Students will be able to gain a BTEC Level 3 Diploma qualification in sports development, coaching and fitness as part of the academy. As well as this we teach the theoretical side of fitness by education students on physiology, sociology and culture side of football.

On the pitch students may also have the opportunity to work with experienced coaches from the Chelsea FC Foundation to give them first-hand experience. Students will be taught by UEFA qualified coaches to help develop their football skills which will progress to the academy competing in an U19s league to help them understand real game experiences.

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Clacton Coastal Football Academy:

Since September 2011, In association with Clacton Coastal Academy has had over 50 players represent the Academy. Students have a choice of what courses to study at CCA: a wide range of A-Levels and BTECs are available for all players. The squad have become increasingly successful since the first season, with some fantastic results along the way.

2011-2012: 9th position in Essex County Schools FA Under-19 Division 2 North

2012-2013: 7th position in Essex County Schools FA Under-19 Division 2 North and Runners-up in Essex County Schools FA Under-19 2nd XI Trophy

2013-2014: 6th position in Essex County Schools FA Under-19 Division 2 North and Runners-up in Essex County Schools FA Under-19 2nd XI Trophy

36 players have gained the FA Level 1 Coaching Award, of which 7 have been employed as coaches working in the community for Chelsea FC Foundation. 3 players are working towards gaining the FA Level 2 Coaching Award.

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St Josephs College:

Situated on the Lambeth, Croydon border this college is Chelsea FC Foundations first Futsal Academy. Run in conjunction with the college alongside UK Futsal, pupils complete the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport alongside as well as competing in the UK Futsal Regional League.

In its first year the programme has had two players go to represent UK Futsal in a recent tournament in Barcelona as well as another player get down to the final 20 players (of which 16 were picked) for the England Futsal team.

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Chichester High School for Boys: 


Chichester High School’s Sixth Form Football Academy formed its association with the Chelsea Foundation in September 2015.  Students aged 16 to 19, benefit from a choice of both academic and vocational courses, delivered by highly qualified PE Teachers and professional football coaches.

The Chichester High School campus provides Academy students access to all the sporting facilities required to ensure they can develop and perform at their highest possible level.

Building on the success already identified in its first year, the Academy has decided to broaden the option of courses available and as from September 2016 students will be able to choose from:


·         Level 2 Diploma in Supporting School Sport and PE

·         National Foundation Diploma in Sport

·         BTEC Sport L3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity and Development

Academy staff are passionate to ensure that all students are given the best opportunity to succeed.  At the end of the two years spent within the Academy, successful students will gain the relevant qualifications and softer skills to follow their chosen pathway, whether that be higher education or a career in a sporting environment.

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Itchen College:

Itchen College has a reputation of being the most successful sports academy in Hampshire. The academy provides a whole range of different sporting opportunities and qualifications for those who want to further a career in sport. We provide specialist coaching and training as well as academic courses for everyone in the academy.

Itchen College provides an exciting programme for the Academy of Sports footballers through the Chelsea FC Foundation. Participants benefit from being taught by qualified coaches as well as having the opportunity to visit the grounds of Chelsea FC, both their stadium and training ground.

Throughout the year we enter the British Colleges Sport competitions, so if you are an elite athlete you will have the opportunity to compete against the best in the country at national level.

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The Foundation also provides specialist coaching on a fortnightly basis for the college’s international students. This provision is further supplemented in the form of visits to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground where the students receive sessions from Chelsea FC Foundation coaches.