A scholarshop scheme to nurture young footballers with exceptional talent has been launched by Tresham College.
The Elite Athlete Programme was launched yesterday at the college’s Corby campus, supported by Northamptonshire Football Association and Leicestershire and Rutland County FA.
Under the scheme young sportsmen and women with talent can apply to take part in the scholarship scheme which will provide them with a range of benefits including help with travel and kit, laptops, nutrition and other expenses.
Principal of Tresham College, Stuart Wesselby, said: “The scheme is a great opportunity for the college to develop football talent, in partnership with professional clubs. We’re hoping to attract young top flight players in the area and help them progress.”
To apply for Tresham Academy of Sports’ scholarship scheme young footballers must be 17 or 17 before September 1 this year.
The two-year course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their playing skills while studying for academic qualifications.
Kevin Shoemake, chief executive of Northamptonshire Football Association, said: “We’re delighted to support the scholarship scheme. It’s a fantastic initiative for young players and the college offers first class facilities.”
Trials for the scheme will be held over two days and students who are successful will be able to study any BTEC sports course at Tresham College as part of its football academy programme.
Student Mason Thomas, 16, who attends Tresham’s Kettering campus and hopes to become a professional footballer, said: “I’ve already been accepted for the elite athlete scholarship programme. It’s a great opportunity and I’ll get a lot of support while I’m studying.”
Ryan Morgan, 18, of Corby, has also been accepted for the scholarship scheme. He said: “I’m pleased I was successful. It’s a good programme.”