Charlton Athletic Community Trust announces new partnership with SCL Education Group and Lordswood FC

Posted by SCL Education Group on 23.07.18

Charlton Athletic Community Trust is teaming up with SCL Education Group and Lordswood FC to deliver a training and education programme for 16-18 year olds, offering them a stepping stone into a career in football, and in further education.

The programme will support students in developing valuable life skills, as they gain key qualifications alongside relevant work experience and an excellent full-time football training programme from Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

All educational aspects of the programme will be fully managed by SCL, a leading independent provider of education through sport. SCL are approved to deliver qualifications with over 15 years’ experience in delivering a range of forward-thinking and successful sports programmes for young adults.

The Academy team at Charlton Athletic Community Trust consist of a great sporting set up, providing daily training from highly qualified FA coaches, alongside expert guidance on nutrition and individual football fitness.

Couple this with a support network from SCL consisting of tutors, curriculum managers, quality assessors and operations support, it’s a programme that’s hard to rival.

Head of Football & Sports Development at Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Michael Ward, said: “Charlton Athletic Community Trust are pleased to be in partnership with SCL and Lordswood FC in delivering a new Post 16 football and education programme in Kent.

“This programme will offer all current year 11 students a great opportunity to train within a professional environment while studying a level 3 BTEC in Sport.

“The programme will offer great exit routes within football potentially into semi-professional football with SCEFL Premier Division team Lordswood FC, all matches will also be played on the Lordswood FC first team pitch.”


Students will benefit from:

Full-time education and training programme

Play in the Education and Community Football Alliance (ECFA)

Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches

Guidance on individual football fitness

Nutritional advice

Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch

Proven progression routes


Graduates of the programme will have the opportunity to progress onto fantastic exit routes, including professional or semi-professional football, further education, scholarships abroad, training or employment.

With the launch of this exciting football and education programme fast approaching, Sean Norton, Business Development Manager, commented: “We are really excited about supporting Charlton Athletic Community Trust grow their provision in Kent and I strongly believe our partnership will enable us to support 16- 18 year olds gain a suitable qualification whilst experiencing quality coaching with a professional community trust.

“The variety of positive destinations and pathways available for anyone enrolled onto the course are fantastic and SCL will support all of our learners by giving them information, advice and guidance on all pathways, including supporting them with UCAS applications, scholarships abroad via SCL’s partners, apprenticeships and player pathways into professional and semi-professional football.”


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