Noble wants Steelmen’s Academy is be about more than just football

Members of the Corby Town Youth Academy line up with staff and sponsors during the official launch of the scheme earlier this week. Picture by Natalie Milne/Corby Town FC

Members of the Corby Town Youth Academy line up with staff and sponsors during the official launch of the scheme earlier this week. Picture by Natalie Milne/Corby Town FC

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Chairman Stevie Noble wants the Corby Town Youth Academy to offer a unique opportunity for youngsters in the town.

The new Academy, which is being run by first-team manager Tommy Wright, was officially launched this week.

It will provide youngsters aged between 16 and 18 with the opportunity to train full-time while continuing their education.

With the backing of Willow Place & Corby Town Shopping Centre behind them and Corby-based CKW Academy being the education providers, Noble insists there will be a lot more to the Academy than just football.

“We are trying to create a unique Academy here,” the Steelmen chairman said.

“The chances are that these boys aren’t going to be playing for Manchester United after they have been with us for a couple of years.

“But if we can progress them into our own first-team then it is only going to benefit us in the long run.

“They aren’t just going to be playing football. They will be going out into the community, going into junior schools and coaching youngsters as they complete their Level One courses over that time.

“But most importantly of all, if they are not able to carry on playing football at a good level, we have a commitment to help them find them jobs.

“We will be working with our sponsors to try to get these boys opportunities and apprenticeships.

“Tommy himself went through Leicester City’s Academy and while he got a professional deal at the end of it, he knows there were others who left and had to scratch around to find work.

“So he has been fully behind this concept and we have received massive support for it.

“CKW have been working with youngsters and will be at the forefront of what we are trying to achieve. I think this is a great opportunity for youngsters in our town.

“The support we have had from Dan Pickard of Willow Place and not just through his own company but through the work he has done in trying to encourage local businesses to get involved.

“This is my baby, this was the main part of my five-year plan to get it up and running.

“And while we have someone of the calibre of Tommy here, we really have to grasp this opportunity.

“With him running the Academy, it means he is working for the club 24-7, which is fantastic.”