The Chelsea FC Foundation and Samuel Ward Academy are on the look-out for students to join their unique academic-football course which begins again in September.
The Samuel Ward Academy Football Development Centre and the largest Foundation in the Premier League have been working together since 2011 on the course which combines regular training and matches along with studying on the BTEC level 3 extended Diploma in Sport.
Current year 11s or post-16 pupils can join the programme which gives students the chance to gain recognised coaching qualifications and hands on coaching experience in the local community.
The coaching and matches on the course are led by Chelsea FC Foundation staff with all players receiving full training kit and further opportunities to get involved with the club.
Chelsea Foundation Essex football development manager, Andrew Morgan, said: “The Chelsea Foundation are pleased to be working in association with Samuel Ward Academy.
“Students from the school receive high-standard coaching that develops them as a player while supporting their long-term employment opportunities.
“A key aim of the programme is to identify pupils to work for Chelsea FC Foundation to work in the Haverhill area providing positive role models.”
The academic course is the equivalent to three A-Levels and allows students to progress to either the workplace or university to study areas such as sport science, PE teaching and sports coaching.
At the end of the two years students will have both an academic qualification and a variety of sports coaching and leadership experiences and qualifications.
James Mason, achievement director at Samuel Ward said: ‘We have enjoyed a successful partnership with Chelsea over the past year.
“Chelsea provides Samuel Ward Academy with a high class programme, outstanding training sessions along with a fantastic match-day experience.
“Along with this, Samuel Ward provides state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding teaching and learning tailored to meet the needs of every member of the football development programme.”