Back on 19th May 2021, Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET) announced a new partnership with The Henley College for their Elite Football programme.
The programme offers talented footballers aged 16-19 the opportunity to study and play top-level football, alongside a high calibre, full-time academic programme of either A levels or BTEC/Vocational subjects. As well as having the opportunity to learn, develop and improve on the pitch, players follow a Strength and Conditioning programme, and receive nutrition and lifestyle advice. Furthermore, students can earn USA Soccer Scholarships or progress into non-league football in the UK.
The Henley College welcomes students from Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, and attracts students from further afield due to its excellent sporting programmes and facilities, as well as the wide range of subjects on offer.
Speaking at the time about the partnership, Paul Foley, Head of Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust, said:
“Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust is delighted to announce our partnership with Henley College who have a fantastic reputation for high-quality academic provision.
Our new Football & Education programme will allow students to access over 60 different courses – comprising A-levels, BTEC’s and vocational pathways – alongside a professional football curriculum including an extensive games programme against other professional football club & college partnerships, all delivered by our team of highly qualified and experienced coaches.
We’re confident that in addition to students getting a first-class teaching and coaching experience, they’ll also gain valuable insight into the football and sports development industries via work experience opportunities, part-time coaching opportunities, plus established exit routes into employment within our charity.”
Gareth Ainsworth, Wycombe Wanderers Football Club First Team Manager, added: “It’s great to see that the Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust has been able to resume their activities after the pandemic, engaging with more and more local people in so many positive ways. I’m delighted to learn of the new coaching partnership with The Henley College and look forward to seeing how it develops.”
The Henley College’s Football Head Coach, Tom Guy echoed this, saying “I’m delighted to finally get this all in place with over a year of planning, alongside Wycombe Wanderers SET staff, The Henley College and our other local football club partners such as Henley Town FC and Wallingford FC.
With this, we have formed what we believe will be a long term, realistic and successful programme.
This is a fantastic opportunity for new prospective footballers at The Henley College with benefits such as representing Wycombe Wanderers SET in the NYFL, FA Youth Cup participation, analysis at the stadium and fixtures on the Adams Park pitch at the end of the season to name a few!
I look forward to the first talent I.D assessment day where we look forward to welcoming quality players who wish to be a part of this fantastic programme”
Satwant Deol, Principal and CEO at The Henley College commented:
“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Wycombe Wanderers SET as this will provide our students with access to so many opportunities, from sports coaching, mentoring, employment routes and much more.
Wycombe Wanderers SET has joined our family of partnerships which includes other prestigious sporting organisations such as Ealing Trailfinders, Henley Hawks, Leander Club, Reading Rockets, and Henley Town FC.”
To find out more please contact Head of programme Tom Guy on TGUY@henleycol.ac.uk
Download the WWSET flier here – Henley College
Our next Talent ID is:
Monday 21st February 2022 at 16:00 – 18:00
Cressex Astroturf, Holmers Farm Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4QA