The Football Academy

We’re here to stop you falling through the net.

If you’re talented you need the opportunity to train with top quality coaches and to improve your skills.

"The Football Academy provides young footballers and coaches with the opportunity to develop their skills and showcase their talent. It is our aim to help and support talented young individuals, providing them with the best education, training, football networks and sporting facilities to help them realise their full potential."

Stuart Slater Former West Ham legend and key member of the player and coaching development staff

The Football Academy originally formed in 2011 and is now a partnership between Heybridge Swifts Football Club and Chelmsford College. It’s job is to ensure enthusiastic football players with different levels of ability get to improve their skills and overall game. Our full-time education programme and Football Academy will help you realise your full potential.

"The Coaches helped me develop massively as a player – mentally, technically and physically. They gave me a professional mindset on and off the field and that has really helped me achieve success out here in the States. The Academy’s success in developing players for senior football is clear to see as half the team I played with are now playing a high level of first team football for various clubs."

Michael Shaikly Former Football Academy Student

Players are selected through a series of football trials. Selected players have a choice of studying a two year BTEC Level 3 programme in Sport and Exercise Sciences (subject to entry requirements) The Professional Coaching Skills Programme (one year) which incorporates many NGB qualifications or BTEC Level 3 in Public Services. Some players may also complete an Apprenticeship in Sports Coaching.

The current courses that can be combined with the Football Academy:

You’ll train and play in competitive leagues every Wednesday afternoon. Some players will get the opportunity to play in the FA Youth Cup with our partner clubs or progress to 1st team football. Players’ College courses are tailored so you can attend football training on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and play matches every Wednesday during the football season. The Football Academy has also partnered with P4S Scholarships to provide opportunities for further education and training in the United States after completing your course with the Football Academy – find out more here.

Learn more about the key Coaches Kirk Game and Stuart Slater here.

If you think this is for you call us today on 01245 293119 or email

Course Enquiries

Call 01245 265611

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