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Chelsea FC Academy Players Receive Academic Recognition from Cambridge University

Cambridge, UK (PRWeb UK) April 30, 2009

Cambridge ESOL (http://www.cambridgeesol.org)], element of the University of Cambridge and the world's top provider of language assessment, announced these days that four players representing Chelsea Football Club's Academy have effectively passed its Preliminary English Test (PET), two of whom have achieved merit status.

Gerry Harvey, Education and Welfare Officer for Chelsea FC Academy, explains: "It's really crucial that all of our boys really feel component of the club. We recognise that leaving house as young as 16 can be an very daunting encounter, and can be further intensified when they are coming from foreign nations such as Germany, Spain and the Netherlands and discover it a challenge to speak English. The education programme we run is a important ingredient to our youth development programme and we strive to nurture our players to the highest quality, both on and off the pitch."

Whether or not they are plucked from the local talent pool or brought in from other European nations, Chelsea FC provide young players a structured education programme which will run for two years and will have a minimum of ten hours a week teaching time. This gives the youth players with the chance to boost their educational skills and secure certified qualifications, like GCSEs, A levels and BTECs. In addition, Chelsea FC also enables its foreign players to increase their level of English and develop across the four important ability regions of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Suzi Raymond, Education Manager for Chelsea FC continues: "All of the boys who have passed exams recently have worked very challenging, like the foreign players who have gained their PET qualification. We are proud of the multi-cultural and international atmosphere that exists inside the club as every player genuinely feels element of the team and can communicate properly, both on a skilled and social level. Foreign players at the Academy are also provided the chance to prepare for the internationally-recognised Key English Test (KET) or International English Language Testing Method (IELTS) exams, as suitable."

Mike Milanovic, CEO for Cambridge ESOL comments: "We are pleased to be in a position to offer you examinations which Chelsea FC can utilise and assist to motivate their young players. PET is recognised all through the world as an essential benchmark for learners of English. It signifies that they have got the skills they need to have to be in a position to use English on a day to day basis. These players will not need to have to take the exam once more as it really is valid for life and also provides them with an chance to identify their strengths and weaknesses, giving them a clear pathway to higher qualifications."

Notes to Editors:

About Cambridge ESOL
University of Cambridge ESOL examinations is the world's leading language assessment provider. It offers exams in English language for more than two million people every year, in far more than 130 countries as nicely as a range of qualifications for language teachers. Around the planet, thousands of universities, employers and government ministries rely on Cambridge ESOL certificates as proof of English language capacity. A Cambridge ESOL certificate can figure out whether the profession is progressed or a university location offered, whilst the broader examination final results can assist to establish a nation's education and investment policy.

It is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge and is portion of the Cambridge Assessment group , Europe's biggest assessment agency which supplies exams and tests covering a huge range of subjects and levels much more than eight million are taken each year. University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations is a founding member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) and operates closely with testing organisations, schools and academics throughout the planet to support the development of language testing in theory and practice.

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