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30 March 2017

Sport students score a chance to play at Chelsea grounds

More than 100 students travelled to Chelsea FC’s training grounds in Cobham on Tuesday 28th March to play competitive games, which will be used as evidence for their practical sports performance units.

Dan Racey, who is the deputy head for Sport said: “This has been a great opportunity for the students to see and play on premier league grounds.

“The Chelsea FC Foundation Wiltshire coaches invited us there so we thought it would be a great treat for the students to complete one of their course units there and then.

“This is first time the sports department has organised a cross-campus trip and it was lovely to see the students meet and compete against each other.”

For some of the 118 students, this was an opportunity to fulfil a life-long dream of playing on the same pitches as some of their football idols.

Football fan and Chelsea supporter James Griff will progress onto Football Studies at Southampton Solent University in September once he has completed his Level 3 Sports course at the Lackham campus.

He said: “I have been a Chelsea FC supporter my whole life.

“This was my first time visiting the training grounds and it has been a great experience playing football on the Chelsea pitches.

“The facilities and pitches are all top standard, just like you would expect from a premier league team.”

The female students took part in a training session directed by Amy, a Chelsea FC Foundation Wiltshire coach, before competing in a six-a-side match.

Level 2 student, Caitlin Adams from Salisbury said: “My class in Salisbury is filled with boys so it has been really nice to meet and play with all the girls from the other campuses.

“Amy was lovely, asking us what skills we wanted to learn and develop and designed the training and drills around this.”

The matches ended with celebrations from Lackham students who came first and were presented with a winning trophy. The Salisbury team followed second with the Trowbridge teams taking third and fourth place.

From September, Wiltshire College students on any course will have the opportunity to join the college’s Football Academy and play in the college league.

To find out more about the academy and the sport courses at Lackham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, come along to one of our April Open Events or visit https://webapp.wiltshire.ac.uk/coursestng/Category/Index/14.