Partnership champions education for new football professionals
A new alliance has been formed between Billericay Town Football Club and Chelmsford College, resulting in the launch of the Billericay Town FC Academy, ready for September 2021. Interested parties can find out more about the academy programmes, register their interest in trials and apply directly at www.billericaytownfc.co.uk/academy
The partners’ objective is to produce well-balanced football professionals through providing a diverse range of education and career opportunities.
Principal of Chelmsford College, Andy Sparks said "We are thrilled to partner with Billericay Town Football Club to create the Billericay Town Football Club Academy. Our aim is to create outstanding opportunities for our learners. Our team of specialist coaches, former professional footballers, goalkeepers and health professionals are excited to begin working with new academy players."
BTFC Co-owner Nick Hutt said “This initiative is something that we have been planning since we took over the Club. Our new 3G pitches were a big step towards this becoming a possibility and we now have an excellent facility to use for the Billericay Town FC Academy. One of the prime objectives was to partner with an educator who was flexible in terms of the qualifications that an individual could aim for. From a BTEC/NCFE Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, through to apprenticeships and studying subjects such as Business, Engineering, Electrical or gaining English and Maths GCSEs – Chelmsford College provides the ability to ensure that we can provide an education to give students the best route into a career - be that inside the game or out in the wider world.”
BTFC Co-owner Greg Lake said “We are delighted with our new partners and the opportunities that the Academy presents for both the Football Club and the students within our community. This will be an elite programme as we expect to have a large number of applicants to fill our limited first set of places. The football element will be exciting but so are the education prospects that the Academy will be able to provide. We hope that this balance appeals as much to parents as the students themselves.”
The Billericay Town FC Academy will be for U17, U19 boys and U19 girls to join, following completion of Year 11 at school (aged 16). Academy students will study on a daily basis and be brought to New Lodge for training for part of the curriculum on Mondays, Wednesdays (match day) and Fridays. Staff will be a mix of experienced footballers, coaches and specialists.
To apply, please visit www.billericaytownfc.co.uk/academy
Photos courtesy of Billericay Town FC