F.A Cup giant killers Warrington Town are set to join the NPL Football Academy – the Youth Academy programme of the Evo-Stik League.
An Education and Football Academy side for 16-18 year olds will be created at Warrington Town who will play in the NPL Football Academy League and FA Youth Cup next season.
The programme started with a pilot season this year with Leek Town, Mickleover Sports, Newcastle Town, Radcliffe Borough and Romulus being the inaugural members with the programme expanding to twelve clubs for the 2015/16 season with the Wire joining Belper Town, Halesowen Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Lancaster City, Mossley and Witton Albion as new clubs.
Warrington are delighted to have been chosen as one of those new clubs and are now on the lookout for talented and committed young footballers who are eager to take their first steps to a career in the semi-professional game and more importantly study to earn educational qualifications.
The programme is a full time scheme where students will study for a BTEC in Sport (Level 2 & 3) which will be delivered by a college tutor who will come to the football club in the mornings before a UEFA qualified football coach will train the students in the afternoons as well as manage the side on Wednesday afternoons and evenings with all games being played at the main grounds of all the Evo-Stik League clubs involved.
The BTEC in Sport qualification enables students to take their first steps into their chosen career in Sport which include a Physiotherapist, Coach, Agent, Masseur, Referee, Administrator, Nutritionist, Teacher etc and the pathways from the NPL Football Academy include coaching opportunities in USA, Spain and Australia as well as support with University applications.
By being a part of Warrington Town FC, there are genuine progressions to play for the first team and with the football programme being held between Monday and Friday, students will still be able to play for their local junior sides at the weekend.
Recruitment is now underway to fill the 20 places available and an Information Evening has been arranged for Monday, March 16, 7pm at Cantilever Park and will be the first of many events that will take place between now and August 2015 when the GCSE results are released.
Chairman Toby Macormac commented:”This is something that fits with our club development strategy being involved in the community. We are looking forward to working with the NPL Football Academy and making it a success.
“I have been looking for something to take the community side of the business forward and give it a strong platform to grow and the NPL Academy gives us just that.”
To register your place at the information evening on Monday, March 16, 7pm, please register your details on the NPL Football Academy website at www.nplfa.co.uk/register.php or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.