Chasetown FC launches new apprenticeship scheme for young footballers

The Scholars Ground, home of Chasetown FC

The Scholars Ground, home of Chasetown FC

Young footballers can get the chance to hone their skills and gain qualifications as part of a new scholarship scheme launched by Chasetown Football Club.

The Scholars have teamed up with Law Training and Chasetown Specialist Sports College are to provide education programmes for 16-18 year old footballers. The two year course is equivalent to four GCSE O levels.

The Apprenticeship consists of a NVQ in coaching, teaching, instructing Association Football, BTEC Level 2/3 in sport and two key skills – Communication and Application of number both at level two.

Chasetown manager Charlie Blakemore admitted he was delighted to see the scheme being introduced. He told the Chasetown FC website:

“This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young players to study and play football full time. We want to bring the best local players through and also young players who have slipped through the net at professional clubs. Students that do not have the qualities to gain a professional contract will have gained good employable qualifications within the leisure industry or as a young coach in schools or leisure centres.”

Chasetown’s first team coach Andy Turner will oversee the scheme, which is expected to create new full and part time coaching jobs.

And club chairman John Donnelly admitted that he expected stiff competition for the limited places on the course. He explained:

“There are 30 places available, it’s an amazing opportunity for talented footballers to follow and realise their dreams. Chasetown is a community football club and following the success of the past few years and the support of the community this scheme is a fabulous way for us to support young sports minded people, and create a unique apprenticeship scheme in non league football that also supports our own 25 junior and girls football teams.

“The key ability in being able to qualify and offer this scheme was the strong relationship between the football club and Chasetown Specialist Sports College who will deliver the educational sections of the programme. Chasetown FC is part of the community and an innovativeand forward thinking club – we hope to find and develop some future stars.”

Players interested in taking part in the scheme must be aged between 16-18 and should contact Andy Turner on 07932 743813 or email on chasetownscholarshipscheme@yahoo.com or write to Chasetown Football Club, Church Street, Chasetown, WS7 3QL.

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