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The Chelsea Foundation will link up with Bexhill College from September to launch a brand new football academy in the area, the official Chelsea website reports.

The academy will offer enthusiastic and passionate young footballers, with aspirations of playing at a higher level, the chance to receive outstanding education alongside regular coaching to professional level. Students will also have access to the Cobham training ground.

The academy programme based at the college in East Sussex is a full-time course for students aged 16 to 19, which offers one- and two-year full-time education programmes based alongside a football academy run by Foundation coaches.

Sussex senior sports development officer for the Foundation, Nick Brown, revealed his happiness at the new development. He said: “We are delighted to announce our association with Bexhill College, they have fantastic facilities and believe the academy will be a huge success on and off the field.

“We are excited to get started and look forward to supporting the college with their aspirations for the students.”

Mark Linch, Bexhill College sports academy director said: “This is an exciting venture for the college, the Chelsea Foundation and also for the local area having a professional club supporting the development of footballers.

“We are really pleased to be working alongside such a high-profile club, who share our vision of ensuring students get the best opportunities for football development alongside an outstanding post-16 education. This combination of success will ensure the best future progression for young people.”

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