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New Academy Partnership

By Lee Peskett

The Sports, with Bexhill College Football Academy, in association with Chelsea Football Club Foundation .....

..... are pleased to announce a new partnership.

The partnership will see Bexhill College's men's first team playing under the banner of Eastbourne Borough, within the National Alliance Under 19 league.

Academy Manager, Sean Noble, stated "The partnership is an exciting development which sees the leading Sports College in the Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne area working hand in hand with the highest ranked non-league football club in Sussex.”

The agreement allows the College to extend its level of competitive football in the National Alliance Under 19 league to supplement the outstanding education the students have access to within Bexhill College. Students will have the opportunity to train at the College under the guidance of the experienced and UEFA qualified coaches at the College, and play competitively at Eastbourne Borough's fantastic home ground Priory Lane.

All of this takes place with the help of the Chelsea Football Club Foundation. Noble went on to explain "Our academy package is the most complete on offer locally as all players are able to study the subjects of their choice at any level, up to and including A Levels, alongside pursuing their potential within football with the support of one of Europe's biggest clubs and one of local football's most respected non-league teams. The academy package is able to offer a unique experience which is not available anywhere else in the local area, thanks to the support of our partners.”

The Bexhill College Academy will be entering its third year in association with Chelsea Football Club Foundation. This has led to the teams having outstanding success on the pitch with both the men's 1st and 2nd teams reaching the semi-final stages of the county competition in the last two years. The Academy also boasts a thriving women's academy and last year, over sixty players represented the College in competitive football matches. As part of the academy offer, students regularly visit Chelsea's Cobham training ground for match and training purposes and five male and female students have already been monitored through Chelsea's official scouting system. Furthermore, three players were also selected to represent Chelsea Football Club Foundation representative team in a fixture against Crystal Palace Football Foundation.

The College is looking forward to continuing its success and developing its academy further, working alongside Eastbourne Borough to develop the talents of local young footballers.

Terry Avann, Youth Development Co-ordinator at Borough, added "I am personally really looking forward to working with the academy coaches and staff at Bexhill College on this exciting new project, and look forward to working on other projects in the future as the partnership expands.”

Eastbourne Borough Football Chairman, John Bonar enthused "We are seriously excited by this development. It makes perfect sense for all parties, and frankly, it represents the missing link in our structure. One of the dilemmas, since first establishing Borough's own Academy, has always been the logistical one of dovetailing the academic education with the football. Our new partnership with Bexhill College solves that issue, while also keying us into the superb sporting set-up at Bexhill, and of course its links with Chelsea Football Club. We are grateful to Sean and his colleagues at the College, and we cannot wait to get the new partnership rolling. It's all part of what we truly believe to be an exciting new era at Priory Lane!"

The Football Academy will be hosting one final open trial on Wednesday 10th July, between 16:00 and 17:00 at Bexhill College. This trial is for anyone who has not already been accepted into our Football Academy for 2019/20. Any Interested players and parents can email for any further information on the Football Academy.

Updated 11:18 - 6 Jun 2019 by Alan Williams

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