Academy programme at Lichfield City FC offers young players the chance to mix education with football

A new football academy will hold trials in the city later this month.

The Lichfield City FC Academy will offer players aged 16 to 18 the chance to pair their sporting talent with education.

Darren Middleton and Gary Birch who will run the new Lichfield City FC Academy

Darren Middleton and Gary Birch who will run the new Lichfield City FC Academy

A spokesperson for the new initiative said: “The creation of this academy is a proud achievement.

“Our goal is to allow talented players the opportunity to grow in a challenging environment with the combination of our excellent educational qualifications, our unique football programme and the support to gain the FA coaching awards.

“For those players that are not handpicked by professional clubs, this academy programme will allow talented students the opportunity to reach their full potential through outstanding support, expertise and guidance.

“The academy offers a professional learning environment with the aim of developing young people both on and off the pitch.

“Professional football clubs from the UK and abroad have already made contact for competitive matches and the the selected students will play in a weekly league.”

The academy will be led by former professional footballer Darren Middleton and ex-Walsall striker – and current Lichfield City first team boss – Gary Birch.

The first trial will take place on April 17. For more details and to book a spot, visit the academy website.

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