Futsal Academy students visit stamford bridge
Three players from the Chelsea Foundation’s EFLT Education and Futsal Programme visited Stamford Bridge this week as a reward for excelling on the course based at St Joseph’s College.
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The Futsal Academy at St Joseph’s College, London, is now in its fourth year with 30 scholars currently working towards a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and four futsal teams competing in the English Football League Trust Futsal League.
Ted Jones, Bradley Kabwe and Christian Quishpe make up three of that number and with their team currently occupying second spot in the South East Division with just a few games remaining they visited the Bridge to help with preparations.
‘It is amazing to come to the stadium and imagine everything the players go through to prepare for a game, and it will hopefully benefit us in the remainder of the season,’ said Jones.
‘We have two teams representing Chelsea and both are second at the moment so are in with a chance of reaching the national competition.’
The Chelsea FC Foundation in association with St Joseph’s College are currently looking to recruit players to start September 2017.
Players combine their studies with futsal, training four days a week and competing in a regional and national competitions against players representing other Premier League and Football League clubs.
Players can also gain FA qualifications and coaching experience with the Chelsea FC Foundation subject to suitability and DBS checks.
‘I’d recommend this course to anyone interested in combining sport with education,’ added Kabwe.
‘Not only do you wear the Chelsea kit, but you’re able to do something which you enjoy doing. So you go to school, you learn sport and at the same time you’re able to train every day and play once a week.
‘It’s a good experience because you’re doing something which you love doing and everyone would love doing this if you love playing football.
‘I’ve also started to do some voluntary work with Chelsea and I’m looking to progress and become more involved in the future.’
Quishpe added: ‘I have been doing this course for two years and it has been a good experience. Not least because you get to wear the Chelsea badge which is something you can tell people forever!’
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