We are very pleased to announce a new link up with the Chelsea F.C Academy. This will see SMP coaches receive invaluable support and CPD opportunities around coaching, player development and talent ID. It will also provide us with a direct referral pathway for gifted and talented young players. However, we won’t be going against the SMFC ethos of only referring players who have a genuine chance of making it in the long term.

In May some of our coaches enjoyed the fantastic experience of seeing first hand how things are run at the Academy in Cobham, Surrey. It was great, too, to bump into one of our former SMFC players, now with Chelsea’s U14s!

A massive thank you to Chris Robinson, Head of Integration Recruitment, for inviting us down and giving us such a warm welcome and tour of the outstanding facilities.