CACT | Trust and West Kent College launch 2017 academy

Jake Martens reports

On Wednesday November 30th, Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) spent the evening at West Kent College to promote the 2017 football academy that runs in conjunction between the two organisations.
Running for it’s third successive year, the programme has proved popular and successful at West Kent College, getting the most out of students both on and off the field.
Claire Hutton, a previous participant in the academy, said: “I am thrilled that I got to work and train with the Trust (CACT). They have developed my skills, characteristics and experiences, and I feel I can take on coaching jobs that comes my way, thanks to Charlton.”
Paul Robinson, an experienced coach at CACT, attended the evening saying: “We’ve got a great relationship with West Kent College and we’re looking forward to the first trials of this successful academy in early 2017. We have a strong platform to build from, so we’re expecting next year’s academy to be our most successful yet.”
The academy is open to talented footballers aged between 16-18 years, and is a must for any football enthusiast with a playing trial required, as places will be offered based on playing ability.
By studying a sport course at West Kent College, you will be eligible for the Post-16 academy, giving you the chance to increase your skills, play in competitive matches and gain additional qualifications. CACT’s qualified coaches will work with the lecturing team at West Kent College to provide both the practical and theoretical knowledge you will require to build a successful career in the sports sector.
You will develop leadership and coaching skills, as well as increasing your knowledge of sports injury management and many other subject areas related to sport – potentially gaining a professional coaching qualification.
Ultimately, upon finishing your course at West Kent College, your career in sport could involve roles as diverse as working as a trainer or coach for a professional team, fitness management or leading on sport development projects at home and abroad.
2017 dates and information:
5th April – first Trial
6th May – second Trial
17th June – third trial
24th June – West Kent College Open Day
Venue: West Kent College & Hadlow College, Tonbridge Road, Hadlow, Tonbridge, TN11 0A.
For more information, please contact the college by phone on 0845 207 8220 or by email

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