Players from Sunderland College’s Football Development Centre (FDC) are to get the chance to kick off against a professional team.
The college team, made up of U16 players, will face League One Oldham Athletic AFC at the college’s Bede campus on Wednesday, October 26.
Sunderland College has organised the game to showcase the FDC team’s talent and give the players a taste of what playing professional football is like.
The college’s elite training centre attracts footballing talent from across the region and it’s hoped that the match will also raise awareness and increase the number of try-outs.
Michele Di Mascio, the FDC’s head coach said: “This is the first time one of the FDC teams has played a professional club, but it’s extremely important that our players get this level of experience.
“I wouldn’t like to make predictions as to the score, but it’s certainly going to be an exciting game.
“A lot of very talented players try out for the FDC and we’d encourage more to do so. Sometimes players get snapped up by the region’s big clubs before they’ve even had a chance to play, so this is a fantastic occasion for the FDC.”
Securing a fixture against a professional team is not the only good news to hit the FDC in recent weeks.
Four players from the FDC’s U18 squad have successfully completed regional trials for England’s U18 team. Callum Patton, David Henderson, Luke Olabode and Callum Mordey – all from Sunderland – are now preparing themselves for the national trials in November.
Michele said: “I’m really proud of how well the players have performed so far, getting through regional trials is no small feat. I wish all of them the best of luck in November’s national trials.”
Sunderland College’s FDC play Oldham Athletic AFC on Wednesday October 26 at the Bede campus. Kick-off at 1pm.