22 June 2017
An exciting new association between West London College and the Chelsea FC Foundation was announced at Stamford Bridge today with the launch of the Chelsea FC Foundation Women’s Football College Academy.
Beginning in September 2017, the new Academy will combine full-time football training with vocational qualifications for female students aged 16-18, providing a professional environment for them to reach their full potential while working towards a nationally recognised academic qualification.
The launch was headlined by senior members of the Chelsea FC Foundation and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, showing the strong levels of support for this new association within the West London city region.
With women’s football one of the fastest growing participation sports in England, the Academy gives young women both 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.
For Level 3 Sport & Exercise Science student and football player Leah Fearon, the trip to Stamford Bridge for the launch was truly inspirational.
Leah said: “I’ve always loved sport, especially football. West London College is great, and I love how close my class is and how we all support each other. The students and I had been asking for a women’s football team so I’m really looking forward to training with a great group of ladies next year.”
Janet Gardner, Principal, West London College, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Chelsea FC Foundation on this exciting association. It is great to recognise the talent of women in sport and provide innovative opportunities across London”
Gareth Davies, Senior London Football Development Officer, Chelsea FC Foundation, said: “This new association marks the first women’s academy for Chelsea in London. It will be absolutely fantastic to have this program right in the heart of West London around Stamford Bridge”
Councillor Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader, Hammersmith & Fulham 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”.
Young women wishing to apply for an academy trial should visit wlc.ac.uk/chelsea-fc-womens to register, with the first trial coming up on Saturday 1 July 2017.
Battersea Park All Weather Sports Ground
South Carriage Drive, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
Saturday 1 July 3pm - 5pm
Wednesday 19 July 6pm - 8pm
Thursday 10 August 3.45pm - 5pm
Sign-up for a trial here: https://www.wlc.ac.uk/events/chelsea-fc-women-academy-trials