12 Oct 2018 in News
First trials are on 26 October
Boston Town have teamed up with A Sporting Hand to give 16- to 19-year-olds the opportunity to join a full-time football education academy that mirrors that of a professional club.
This is an excellent opportunity for students to study towards a BTEC Level 3 in Sport qualification, while training like a professional. The course is government-funded, meaning students don’t have to pay anything to enrol on the course.
Outside the classroom, students will train four days a week and play in the English Colleges League on Wednesday afternoons, as well as taking part in showcase matches against professional academy sides. Students will receive academy level coaching from experienced A Sporting Hand coaches.
Students also complete a Level 1 football coaching qualification, which opens up work experience opportunities.
Boston Town secretary and director Eddie Graves says the club is looking forward to working with A Sporting Hand and thinks it is a great opportunity for local lads to get a career in the sports industry.
“Hopefully a few will make the grade and go on to higher things,” he said.
Although the course won't start until September 2019. the first trial for interested students will take place on Friday 26 October from 3pm to 5pm at Boston Town’s DWB Stadium.
A Sporting Hand director and academy head coach Paul Gibbons said: "Our aim when running these courses is to help students achieve their maximum potential in sport. Sometimes that is moving into the professional game, however we also give students the ingredients to make a successful career in the sports industry, should students not make it as a professional footballer.
"We expect this course to be very popular due to the nature of the course and the fantastic facilities the club boasts. The course will be capped at 20 students so anybody that is interested needs to try and get down for the trial on the 26 October."
More information about the course can be found through the A Sporting Hand website. You can also reserve your space for the trial through the website too.