Exciting Sporting & Football Education Opportunity at Chesham United
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The Chesham United Football Academy opened at the start of the 2015/2016 academic year offering 16-19 year olds a complete Sporting and Football Education based at The Meadow, home of Chesham United Football Club. Recruitment will soon get underway for the 2016/2017 academic year so if you are interested in combining a love of sport with gaining BTEC qualifications please look out for our recuitment events. The Academy is designed for post-GCSE students so those currently in school year 11 are eligible for entry.
Chesham United has a great tradition of developing youth players right from the origins of football in the town. Over the years many players have gone on to have successful careers - back in the 1970s a young Kerry Dixon graced The Meadow whilst more recently players like Fitz Hall, Wayne Andrews, Ernie Cooksey and DJ Campbell moved onto the professional game.
Our 2002 youth team captain, John Mousinho, played for England Schools before going on to Brentford, Wycombe, Stevenage and currently Burton Albion. In 2012 Chesham United provided two members of the England Schools' squad when Tom Fouhy and Ben Mooney were selected, whilst in 2013 we were delighted to see another of our U18s, goalkeeper Tom Gowans, make the national schools' side.
Now we are taking another important step with the launch of the Chesham United Academy which will allow talented youngsters to maximise their sporting potential whilst securing a quality education based here at The Meadow.
Chesham United 1st Team manager Andy Leese is enthusiastic about the latest stage of of the Club's commitment to developing youth players at Chesham United: "We have made real progress over the last few seasons with the development of our set up for young players in the Club. The objective is to continue to attract local talented players, and providing a pathway to the 1st team for our own youth section players.
"The senior management all share the philosophy of finding and developing young players and teaching them the game at senior level.
"The steps through the levels for a young player are demanding as the game becomes quicker and more physical, and they have to develop a mental strength to compete that often belies their years.
"Our aim is to produce talented young players for Chesham United. Some leave us to go to University, many come back to us. We have produced three England Schoolboy players in the last 3 seasons, a record of which we are proud. We aim to continue the progress year on year."