Chelsea FC Foundation Academy
In association with Chelsea Football Club Foundation, Totton College runs a Football Academy for 16–19 year olds with a good level of footballing ability and a passion for the game. The academy offers enthusiastic footballers with aspirations of playing at a higher level the chance to receive regular coaching to a professional standard, alongside their full-time academic study programme.
Totton College Football Academy
Chelsea FC Foundation’s coaches work with local schools, developing feeder academies where 14–16 year old pupils train on a weekly basis, with the prospect of a trial for the Totton College Football Academy upon leaving school.
To join the academy, students must be enrolled on a full time academic Level 1, 2 or 3 study programme at Totton College.
Three days a week, students will attend two hours of coaching from UEFA B-licenced Chelsea Foundation coaches. Wednesday is match day, with students playing in the Hampshire FA’s Colleges League.
Throughout the academic year, students will also have opportunities to visit Chelsea FC’s Cobham training ground and attend workshops with guest speakers from the club. They will also have the opportunity to visit Stamford Bridge.
Students will be offered places in the academy based on their footballing ability following an open invitation trial.
Trials will be held during June and July for the September 2018 entry. However, students who are not initially successful may attend future periodic trials throughout the year.
Will I gain any qualifications?
You will gain a real and practical insight with a specialist and tailored experience.
Will it cost anything?
Totton College will provide your match kit, but you will need to purchase a Chelsea FC training kit at the cost of around £100. You may be able to claim this via a bursary at Totton College.
“We’re keen to support those with a passion for the game to hone their skills on the pitch, alongside continuing with their academic studies.”
John Dutton, Hampshire and Wiltshire Development Officer, Chelsea FC Foundation