Beginning in September, the new Sixth Form Football Academy in Epsom will allow girls aged 16-18 to benefit from the unique opportunity of having an academic-led post-16 education and being able to gain A-level qualifications alongside a full programme of professional football coaching.
With women’s football one of the fastest growing participation sports in England, the Academy will give young women the opportunity to pursue their footballing dreams while getting a wider understanding of sport and exercise science, and the great career opportunities the industry offers.
The new programme underlines Chelsea’s commitment to women’s and girls’ football and rewards the outstanding success of Blenheim’s girls’ football teams, who have won numerous awards and accolades over the past three years including winning of the Under-16 Surrey Cup.
“Chelsea FC Foundation and Blenheim High School both fundamentally believe in a growth mind-set, with the principle of constant improvement informing the work we do,” said Tony Bodell, Headteacher at Blenheim High School. “It is this common philosophy that will help create a unique girls’ football academy that delivers excellent football development opportunities coupled with a high-quality post–16 education.”
How Can I Get Involved?
Trials will be held on Tuesday 15 March, from 4.30pm – 6.30pm, at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground and are open to girls aged 15-16 currently studying in Year 11. Anyone interested should visit www.blenheim.surrey.sch.uk/football-academy for further details and to book a trial place.