CACT announces Post-16 Football & Education pathway with Bexleyheath Academy

CACT & Charlton Athletic Women have confirmed a new partnership with Bexleyheath Academy. 

Trials are underway, with opportunities to gain a range of qualifications as part of the programme and pathways into the men's and women's team.

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and Charlton Athletic Women are delighted to confirm a Post-16 partnership for male and female players with Bexleyheath Academy.

The partnership will provide Post-16 players with an opportunity to gain a range of qualifications, which include both Academic and Vocational programmes, as well as playing football with direct pathways into Charlton Athletic Women and Charlton Athletic.

There are a wide range of subjects players can study as part of the programme, including English Literature, Maths, History, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Media, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Health And Social Care, Sport, Business, Art and Photography and Digital Media.

Trials ahead of the 2021-22 season will take place at Goals in Bexleyheath from Tuesday 27 April. Female trials will take place every Tuesday from 3.30-4.45pm, whilst the male trials will take place every Friday from Friday 30 April, 3.30-5.00pm.

Bradley Marshall, CACT’s Senior Football & Sports Development Officer, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Bexleyheath Academy on a male and female academy which will ensure we have a Post-16 Academy provision in Bexley alongside a remarkable Academy. As well as this, we have established a direct link to Charlton Athletic Women and will ensure the pathway is there for young females to reach their full potential both on and off the pitch.”

Karen Hills, Head Coach of Charlton Athletic Women, said:

“The 16-18 Football Education programme allows young aspiring female athletes to combine their studies with an elite football programme. The players will gain access to working with high level coaches who have a wealth of experience and knowledge across the current women’s professional game. This programme, I believe, has huge benefits for players’ progressions. Not only will it offer options which include scholarship opportunities outside of the UK, but will also be the main link into the Charlton Women’s model as there is now a pathway to becoming a professional football player.”

Louise Pressney, Head of Sixth Form, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for students to push their limits in both football and their studies. This programme will offer students a pathway to excellence by allowing them to play football to a high standard as well as the opportunity to study a variety of subjects in a rapidly improving school. Students will have a range of subjects to choose from, both A-level and vocational.”

Click here for more information about the female Post-16 Sixth Form Academy.

Click here for more information about the male Post-16 Sixth Form Academy

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