Long Eaton United are pleased to announce the launch, in partnership with Loughborough College, of our new academy which will start in August 2017.
The academy will offer the unique opportunity to set off on a potential five year educational and footballing pathway.
In partnership with Loughborough College, the young footballers will achieve the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport in two years. Depending on whether certain criteria are met, they will also get the chance to go onto a three year higher educational programme taught at Loughborough College and validated by one of the leading sports universities in the UK, Loughborough University.
We realise that the football element of the programme is important to the young player but equally important is our education programme. This is why we are pleased to announce that we have secured the services of Paul Holland, ex England U21 international, as the Head of Football Development along with our partnership with Loughborough College.
Paul played a major part in setting up and running the successful Ilkeston FC Academy which produced over 50 young players appearing in their first team over a six year period. He also oversaw 15 young players from that academy earn professional contracts and return to the Football League, most notably Che Adams who left the club to join Sheffield United before being transferred to Birmingham City.
A philosophy of developing young players for first team football, as well as providing alternative pathways such as US scholarships, higher education, coaching and teaching opportunities, will now be put in place at Long Eaton United.
We will be holding information evenings over the coming months to explain our exciting new academy in more detail. Places are limited due to the high interest being shown and the first academy trial will be held on Thursday, April 6th at 6pm at Grange Park .
To register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age and your trial date preference.