Study the game

The Chelsea Foundation is on the lookout for male and female students in Year 11, who have a keen interest in developing as football players and as potential coaches and teachers of the future.

Through our programmes run in conjunction with Merrist Wood College in Guildford, we are offering a BTEC Level 3 Diploma (and extended diploma) in Sport.

The academic programme is equivalent to three A Levels and runs alongside the practical football-based element adding specialised units, such as nutrition and anatomy, which can help students progress into the sport and leisure industries.

The football programme is timetabled around the academic commitments, with the aim being to develop all players technically and tactically, both in a practical and theory-based setting. This is complemented by appropriate fixtures and matches which are continually monitored throughout the programme.

All coaching and matches are delivered by experienced UEFA B Licence coaches and all players will have access to train and play at Chelsea's training ground, and receive full training kit as well as further opportunities to get involved with the club through special events and work experience along with the chance to complete an FA Level 1.  

Selected players are able to play in both regional and national college leagues, plus the National Youth Football League which pitches us against other professional football clubs’ college academy programmes.

The courses include weekly sessions specifically based around strength and conditioning training, along with physiotherapist's treatments, for those players injured while participating in the programme.

To apply for the programme all students must register at the colleges for an interview before they can be accepted for trials for the academic course. For more information please visit:

Merrist Wood College female course.

• Merrist Wood College male course.

For trials and registration please contact Russell.Banyard@chelseafc.com and Zak.wooster@chelseafc.com