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College elite football academy extends partnership with local club

After a successful first year, Sunderland College is to continue its exciting partnership with South Shields Football Club for another five years.

The Football Development Centre at South Shields FC, which was established a year ago in partnership with Sunderland College, has been offering 16 to 19 year old students top class coaching provided by joint first team managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton, alongside further or higher education study including A-Levels, BTEC Sport, Personal Training and HND Sport.

John Rushworth, Faculty Director for Sport, Health and Wellbeing at Sunderland College, said:
“We are delighted to be extending our partnership with South Shields Football Club.  Over the past year, there have been 9 Academy players who have made their debut for the first team and we are delighted that an agreement has been reached for the next five years for the Academy.

“Academy players are taught by Sunderland College staff, who have a proven track record in ensuring students achieve excellent results in A-Levels and vocational qualifications, and have access to our multi-million pound industry standard facilities at our Bede Campus. Both our South Shields FC Academy hub and our Improtech Elite Bede Campus hub give all of our players access to unrivalled levels of coaching, competitive games and educational provision.”

Keith Finnigan from South Shields Football Club said:
“The initial year has seen outstanding achievements including an excellent showing in the National U19 Alliance with the team currently joint top, and a number of the academy players earning a place in our first team. We look forward to the relationship further growing, and welcoming an expanded intake for the 2018-19 academic year and future years.

“We would like to thank Sunderland College for the support it has provided over the year, as we all look forward to even greater progress by our academy players both on and off the pitch. We see the academy and our partnership with Sunderland College as an integral contribution to the future success of the Club.”

Find out more about Sunderland College Football Development Centre.



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