TBCC Football Academy

In association with

Chelsea FC Foundation

The Thomas Bennett Community College Football Academy Programme is a full-time course for

16-19 year old students which incorporates both full-time football training with post-16 education

The College is working with Chelsea FC Foundation to provide an opportunity for students to develop their footballing ability in a professional style football environment. The programme aims to fulfil students’ playing potential whilst meeting their educational needs by undertaking post-16 qualifications in sports, coaching and other subjects.

All academy staff are both experienced teachers and UEFA qualified coaches which enables them to deliver both the education and football elements of the programme, providing students with a consistent approach. The programme is designed to provide students with academic qualifications in sports and coaching based on their individual’s needs to help create suitable exit routes and careers beyond the course for all our learners; whether it be university; a playing scholarship abroad; coaching or direct into the work place.

On the Pitch

Students will be part of a  full time training programme on our 4G training facility, which will cover technical, tactical and physical elements of football to an elite level, helping develop both their ability and understanding of the game. Teams will compete in U19’s leagues as well as the National and -County Cup competitions to enable them to transfer their learning into real game scenarios.

UEFA A License coaches will work with players to coach and manage all squad members in sessions and in a competitive league with both development and success on the agenda.  Differing systems of play, opposition analysis and individual player feedback will all create an environment designed to mature not only the player’s ability but their mental and social approach to the game.

Chelsea FC training & match kit will be worn by students at all times, a fee of £200 for the kit will be required  to cover these costs.

Education Programme

Level 3 Technical Diploma In Sport

· 2 year Diploma equivalent to 2 full A-levels

· Studying elements  of the sporting world into football context

· Topics including:

· Anatomy & Physiology

· Fitness Testing

· Nutrition

· Components of fitness

· Sports Coaching

· Performance Analysis

· Includes FA Level 1 Award in Coaching

· Supported route into sport science degree programmes at universities

Open to students who gain min 5 GCSE’s A*-C including English & Maths


NVQ Coach Education Programme Level 2 / 3

· Vocational studies in coaching linked directly with the Chelsea FC Foundation *

· Students complete following qualifications:

· FA Level 1 Award in Coaching

· FA Safeguarding Workshop

· FA Emergency Aid Workshop

· FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching

· NVQ L2 in Activity Leadership

· NVQ L3 in Phys. Ed. & School Sport

· Work experience placements with Chelsea FC Foundation in both After School and Curriculum time lessons *

· Supported route into specific coaching and teaching degree courses at  universities and full time coaching opportunities with Chelsea FC Foundation and abroad

Open to students who gain < 5 GCSE’s A*-C           

Those with appropriate GCSE results may be offered the opportunity to study A-Level courses from our wide range of courses alongside the football academy.  This will be based on references from Year 11 and on a case by case basis. 


All Students will be given work experience placements with the Chelsea FC Foundation as part of their working week*.  This will give them a great opportunity to work with and learn from qualified and experienced members of staff and help create a   pathway to a career in the coaching industry.  Students interested in coaching with have the opportunity to take up part-time or potentially full time roles within Chelsea FC Foundation. Apprenticeships in coaching will also be available.

* All opportunities of working with CFCF as a volunteer or coach are dependent on a clear DBS disclosure


Any student looking to apply to the Football Academy for September 2016 must download and complete the application below.  Applications will be considered and successful candidates will be asked to attend an interview at the college site.

If you have any questions regarding the trial or the course itself please feel free to email at footballacademy@thomasbennett-tkat.org or call the school.