The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are proud to announce a new partnership with Basingstoke College of Technology, offering 30 boys & 15 girls aged 16-18 the opportunity to participate in a Football Academy programme whist following a full time educational pathway.
Players will learn and train at Basingstoke College of Technology under the educational expertise of tutors from the college. Staff from the Crystal Palace FC Foundation will be attending the college to assist with the training and some of the teaching modules, as well as offering opportunities with the Foundation at Selhurst Park.
The programme looks to challenge players’ football ability by competing at the highest level. The teams will compete in college league & cup competitions, where the most talented players have opportunities to trial at local semi-professional and professional clubs as well as being supported through college scholarship applications.
The education programme offered at Basingstoke College of Technology will enable players to study a full programme of GCSE through to A-Level or BTEC courses offered at the centre. Potential players are actively encouraged to visit the school and to discuss future career plans to ensure students are on the right pathway for their career choices.
Gary Mulcahey, Director of Sports Development, Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “We are building a portfolio of school-based sports partnerships across our London boroughs and wider as we have ventured in to neighbouring Hampshire to team up with a college based in Basingstoke. The idea is that we invest in the footballing talent of our surrounding area and provide the correct development channels for these youngsters to reach their potential within the game – whether this is at pro, semi-pro or grassroots level.
The framework for the Academy has proven extremely successful in the past and we believe these types of partnerships will provide the infrastructure for the young talent of the future. The programme will look to improve the technical ability of all participants and channel this into various levels of grassroots and club football.
The Academy gives the unique opportunity for both young boys and girls to combine the academic side of school life with a passion for football and hopefully it will produce some of the games top athletes in years to come.”
Trials and Interviews for the Football Academy will be taking place at Basingstoke College of Technology in Basingstoke with full details being available on request.
For any questions or more details please contact Darryl Taphouse at Basingstoke College of Technology on 01256 354141 or email Darryl.Taphouse@bcot.ac.uk