Teenage footballers are being invited to try out for a new girls’ Chelsea academy.
Starting in September, the Chelsea FC Foundation Women’s Football College Academy combines football training and vocational studies for students aged 16-18.
Launched at Stamford Bridge by the Chelsea Foundation and West London College, the new academy will help young female players reach their full potential while working towards nationally recognised academic qualifications.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council is supporting the project as women’s football is one of the country’s fastest growing participation sports.
Cllr Sue Fennimore, deputy leader of H&F Council said: “The council is passionate about female inclusion, and this is a fantastic opportunity to raise the aspirations of young women in education and sport.”
Trials will take place on Saturday 1 July (3-5pm), Wednesday 19 July (6-8pm) and Thursday 10 August (3.45-5pm) at the Battersea Park all-weather sports ground, South Carriage Drive, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ.
Gareth Davies of the Chelsea Foundation said: “It is absolutely fantastic to have this programme right in the heart of west London near Stamford Bridge.”
Janet Gardner, West London College principal, added: “We are delighted to be working with the Chelsea FC Foundation on this programme, providing innovative opportunities.”