U's and NESCOT in Academy link-up
We are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural 16-18 Sutton United FC Academy, in association with Ultimate Football Academy, which is run by former Sutton striker Marvin Williams, and NESCOT, one of the South East's top colleges, where students will work towards a BTEC in Sport. At Sutton United, the students will have the opportunity to work alongside UEFA licensed coaches, while the club is applying to play in the Football Conference Youth Alliance League. Trials will be held on Tuesday 24 March and Wednesday 25 March at Gander Green Lane, between 6pm and 8pm.
The scheme will also give further opportunities to local young footballers already playing within the existing thriving Juniors set-up and beyond to continue their development, enabling players to feed into James Bracken's first-class youth and reserves set-up with the ultimate goal of first-team football.
Chairman Bruce Elliott said : ''The club is delighted to be setting up this Academy, and linking up with NESCOT who will provide the players with a good education towards their qualification'', while Paul Doswell commented: ''It's a great step forward for the club and I'm looking forward to seeing the young players coming in to the club, which will give them great facilities to train in.'' Marvin Williams, who scored 17 goals in 65 appearances in his career with Sutton, said: ''There are exciting times ahead. It's great to be in partnership with a football club where I spent two happy years, and such a prestigious college as NESCOT.''
The college also welcomed the development, with Head of College Cliff Hall commenting: “We are proud to be going into partnership with Sutton United FC. This new academy will give young people a great all-round education, enabling them to gain their formal qualifications at Nescot while developing and polishing their football skills with Sutton United FC.”
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