UniBond League Division One South club Chasetown, in partnership with Law Training and Chasetown Specialist Sports College, are to provide education Programmes for 16 to 18-year-old talented footballers.
The two-year course is equivalent to four GCSE O levels and is recognised by employers and education institutions.
The Apprenticeship consists of a NVQ in coaching, teaching, instructing Association Rugby, BTEC Level 2/3 in sport and two key skills - Communication and Application of number both at level 2.
Chasetown boss Charlie Blakemore said: “This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for players age 16-18 to study and play football full time. We want to bring the best local players through and also young players who have slipped through the net at professional clubs”. “Students that do not have the qualities to gain a professional contract will have gained good employable qualifications within the leisure industry or as a young coach in schools or leisure centres.”
The scholarship scheme will also create jobs as additional full and part time coaches and physiotherapists are required.
First-team coach Andy Turner will be scheme manager. He played professionally for Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth and progressed through the FA National School of Excellence at Lilleshall.
Chairman John Donnelly said: “There are thirty places available. It’s an amazing opportunity for talented footballers to follow and realise their dreams.
“Chasetown is a community football club and following the success of the past few years and the support of the community this scheme is a fabulous way for us to support young sports minded people, and create a unique apprenticeship scheme in non-League football that also supports our own twenty-five junior and girls football teams the key ability in being able to qualify and offer this scheme was the strong relationship between the football club and Chasetown Specialist Sports College who will deliver the educational sections of the programme.
“Chasetown FC is part of the community and an innovativeand forward thinking club – we hope to find and develop some future stars”
Lawrence Langdon from Law Training Limited said: “We have been working on this programme for five years to ensure all football clubs have the opportunity to offer an education programme. Chasetown are unique in non-League football to offer this scheme.”
Players interested in taking part in the scheme must be aged between 16-18 and should contact Andy Turner on 07932 743813 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Chasetown Rugby Club, Church Street, Chasetown, WS7 3QL