Guisborough Town launch football academy

Guisborough Town are delighted to announce its intention to run a full time football academy from September 2020, in partnership with Prior Pursglove College.

Students who are due to leave school this academic year will have access to the BTEC Diploma in sport, and combine their studies with football training and matches at the home of Guisborough Town, the KGV stadium.

This is a fantastic opportunity for boys interested in a career in sport, coaching and the fitness/leisure industries to gain their qualifications whilst accessing weekly coaching from UEFA qualified coaches.

The course content covers modules such as;

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Practical sports performance
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Sports psychology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports leadership

As an academy player, students will get access to;

  • High quality football training sessions
  • Match analysis
  • Nutritional advice and guidance
  • Sports psychology information and guidance
  • Strength and condition sessions and programmes

Upon completion of the two year course, students will be supported with their next steps, such as university applications or full and part time employment opportunities.

Students will receive Guisborough Town tracksuits and training kit, and represent the clubs academy team in the mid week college leagues, however this does not affect representing their current grassroots team. Guisborough Town has a proven track record of promoting young players into the first team, with the current squad being one of the youngest in the Northern League Division One.

Guisborough Town club ambassador James Coppinger said, ‘The launch of this academy is another sign that we are determined to take the club forward. This gives us the opportunity to have a greater community presence, and support students within Guisborough and the surrounding areas with their ambitions both with their academic studies and footballing goals. Playing professional sport for over 20 years, I have seen the opportunities and life lessons that can be learnt through football, and I am looking forward to passing on all that knowledge and support to help those who wish to take up this fantastic opportunity’.

Joanna Bailey, Chief Executive Officer at the Tees Valley Collaborative Trust said, ‘Prior Pursglove College is excited about the prospect of working in partnership with Guisborough Town FC to support talented footballers to pursue their passion alongside academic study.  The BTEC Diploma in Sport is equivalent to two A levels and will compliment the training delivered as part of the Elite Academy. This new venture increases the variety of options offer available to young people at post-16 in Redcar and Cleveland. We look forward to explaining more at the Ope‪n evening on 19th February‬.”

An open evening will be held at Prior Pursglove College on Wednesday 19th February, 6:30pm, where representatives of the college and the football club will be present to give out some more information and answer any questions students or players may have. Those 16 or under who attend the open evening will also receive a free match ticket to our home game against Newcastle Benfield on Saturday 22nd February.

For more information, or to register your interest for the open evening, please contact [email protected].

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