SUNDERLAND College has announced it will be working in partnership with South Shields FC to deliver a new youth academy offering Premier League quality education.
The College will offer first-class tuition – including A Levels, Btec Sport, Personal Training and HND Sport – to complement the first-class coaching provided by Improtech Soccer Elite to 16-19-year-olds at the club.
John Rushworth, faculty director for sport, health and well-being at Sunderland College, says the Academy programme will replicate that experienced by scholars at professional football clubs.
He said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with South Shields Football Club and Improtech on the new Academy. Scholars will be taught by Sunderland College staff who have a proven track record on ensuring students achieve fantastic results in both A Levels and vocational courses and they’ll also have access to our multi-million pound industry standard facilities at our Bede Campus.”
“The South Shields FC Academy hub will work closely with our successful Elite Sunderland College Football Development Centre at Bede Campus, giving all of our footballers access to unrivalled levels of coaching, competitive games and educational experience”
The unique partnership between South Shields FC, Sunderland College and Improtech Soccer Elite is the successful outcome of months of talks with all parties committed to delivering the best possible Academy outcome for the ambitious South Tyneside club, which has won promotions in consecutive seasons.
John added: “It is something different for sport in the College – working with a third party and delivering education at multiple sites. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved and the most important thing is that young footballers in the area with real promise now have another option to consider without compromising their education.”
Recruitment has already begun for the new academy and anyone interested can now get in touch with the club or the college.
Teaching will be delivered both at South Shields FC and at Sunderland College, with academy players able to use multi-million pound, specifically designed sports equipment and facilities.
“It’s not often you get a win-win in football,” said John. “But we think the exciting launch of this new Academy is as close as it gets.”