Mount Kelly Girls' Performance Football Prospectus







In association with the Chelsea FC Foundation, Mount

Kelly is developing a girls’ football programme for 16-

18 year olds.

The programme will allow selected pupils the

opportunity to reach their full potential academically

and athletically with outstanding coaching, support,

expertise and guidance from fully qualified staff and


Formed in 2010, the Chelsea FC Foundation is one

of the world’s leading football social responsibility

programmes, using the power of football and sport

to motivate, educate and inspire. In addition the

Chelsea FC Foundation works on a broad range of

initiatives focusing on employment, education, social

deprivation, crime reduction and much more. You

can read more about the work of the Chelsea FC

Foundation on their website

With our proven track record for swimming Mount

Kelly has a wealth of experience and all the expertise

required to support high-level athletes as they train,

compete and study.

The creation of the Mount Kelly girls’ football

programme in association with the Chelsea FC

Foundation is a unique opportunity for girls from 16-18

years to follow their educational ambitions whilst also

following their football dreams.


• Be part of a nationwide development

programme for girls’ football

• Attend at least three training sessions a year

at Chelsea Football Club’s Cobham training

ground, plus other visits

• Take part in or attend football festivals at the

Cobham training ground

• Attend Chelsea WFC WSL matches on


• Work towards a recognised coaching


• Wear the Chelsea FC Foundation branded

training kit



Mount Kelly has a globally recognised

performance swimming programme with alumni

boasting four Olympic, eight Commonwealth

and 24 Paralympic medals. It is our experience

in the world of swimming that makes us perfectly

placed to offer a bespoke programme for

aspiring footballers.

Mount Kelly’s professional coaches will offer 16

hours of high-level quality training per week in

association with and supported by the Chelsea

FC Foundation. Strength and conditioning will

be delivered by our on-site qualified instructor

supported by our strong medical team including

a physiotherapist.

The coaches, led by Mount Kelly Director of Girls’

Football, Tommy Wheeldon, work closely with

the academic and pastoral staff at the School

to ensure a fully integrated approach to every

aspect of both training and education.

The environment for training at Mount Kelly is

second to none with full size fields, 4G ¾ pitch,

an indoor sports hall, Olympic sized swimming

pool and a fully equipped gym all available for

our girls’ football programme.

The girls will represent the School in fixtures

on Wednesdays and at weekends they will

represent the Chelsea FC Foundation. All players

will compete at a level that we feel best benefits

their development.


We have two newly refurbished

boarding Houses for girls aged 13-18.

Sixth Form girls share two to a room

and each room includes a study area

as well as plenty of storage. Your

Housemistress, her Matron and her

boarding team are always on hand

to help with anything you may need

from washing your kit to supporting

you with your studies.

The sports facilities are all within a

short walk of the boarding Houses

and the classrooms.

Our academic staff meet regularly with

all coaches to ensure our footballers

are effectively managing the demands

of both their studies and training.


Tommy Wheeldon played professional

football with Everton FC and Torquay United FC

and represented England U18s. He is a vastly

experienced coach (UEFA A Licence) with 30

years’ experience, mainly with 16-18 year olds,

from grassroots to international level.

Judith Kitson is a primary school teacher with

more than 20 years’ experience. Having played

football to a high level including representing

British Universities, and playing county level

hockey and badminton, Judith fully understands

the demands of the high-performing athlete.

Tommy Wheeldon

As Technical Director of the Calgary Blizzard

Soccer Club Tommy created his own ‘Apex

Academy’ training both girls and boys to a

high level of performance and helping over 40

girls gain scholarships through the National

College Athletic Association, the Canadian

Institute of Sport and the National Association of

Intercollegiate Athletics.

More recently, based in the West Country, Tommy

has set up a coaching programme in 15 local

primary schools, coached the Exeter City Ladies

first team and is a talent scout for Plymouth Argyle.

Tommy is passionate about Football and also has

a clear idea of the opportunities that it can offer

determined and talented young women.

Judith has coached both in the UK for both

Swindon Town and Exeter City Football Clubs,

and overseas in Calgary, Canada.

Judith has a BA (Honours) degree and a Post

Graduate Certificate of Education and holds the

1st4 Sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Football

(UEFA B Licence) and the FA Youth Modules

1 and 2 in Football. She is also a FA Licenced

Football coach and a FA Welfare Officer.

Judith’s combination of teaching and high level

sport experiences have fostered a passion for

the all-round development of young talent and a

deep understanding of the nurture and support

that young talent needs.

Judith Kitson




of training contact time including

strength and conditioning, according

to age, event and ability.

We believe that muscle and body

balance, core strength, functional

strength and endurance are all

essential for the competitive athlete.





of leavers secure places at

their first choice of university

We are extremely proud of the consistently strong

public examination results all Mount Kelleians

achieve. Our athletes have been awarded places

at the best sports universities in the UK, including

Loughborough, Stirling and Bath, to study courses

ranging from Criminology with Sociology, Marine

Biology, History, Geography and Applied Sports




Chartered Physiotherapist

The Physiotherapy Centre is located within

the School grounds and, in addition to

treatment of injuries, the centre offers

sports massage and one-to-one pilates

sessions. Our registered Sport and Exercise

Psychologist offers one-to-one sessions onsite

as required.



Registered Sport and

Exercise Psychologist


A graduate from the Chelsea FC Women’s Centre of Excellence,

Hannah Blundell has played her part in each of Chelsea Women’s

trophy triumphs in recent years. Having joined Chelsea at age 16

after spells with Brighton and Charlton, Blundell won the Surrey

County Cup final with the reserves, a game in which she was named

player of the match.

Name: Hannah Jayne Blundell

DOB: 25 May, 1994

Birthplace: Eastbourne, England

Height: 1.63m (5ft 4in)

Weight: 54kg

Position: Defender

Number: 3


What age did you start playing football?

I started playing football at the age of 7 for my first


As a young person playing football, who were the

greatest influences on you?

My mum and my brothers.

At what age did you start considering football as a

profession and why was this?

When I got my first contract aged 17/18 with Chelsea

and realised it could become a profession for women.

Why did you choose Merrist Wood College?

Because I thought the set up was very good and it

was a pathway to the Chelsea team as a Chelsea FC

Foundation College Academy.

During your time at Merrist Wood College on the

football academy programme, what would you say

the highlights were?

Getting good quality coaching and training. Being able

to combine studying and playing football.

Did the college academy prepare you in any way for

professional football?

It taught me to maintain high standards and discipline

both on and off the pitch which are good attributes to

have for professional football.

How difficult was the transition from college football

to professional football?

It was difficult progressing from college to reserves

and finally to the first team as the tempo and quality

increased a lot more in both training and matches, so it

took a while for my body to adjust.

What advice would you give to a female GCSE pupil

with an interest in football?

Make sure you invest time in both studying and football

as it is only a short playing career.

Lastly, what advice would you give to a young person

who wants to become a professional footballer?

Work hard, listen to the coaches and practise as much

as you can!


We will be running a series of showcases which

will take place in London, the North West of

England and at Mount Kelly.

Showcase dates will be published on the

website where you will also be able to register

your interest and apply for a place.

We have a number of scholarships and means

tested bursaries available.

To find out more contact us on:

01822 813193

Mount Kelly

Parkwood Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0HZ

01822 813193

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