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College link-up for BCLFC

Posted: Tue 12 Mar 2013
Author: birminghamcityladiesfc.co.uk

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Blues Ladies have joined forces with Solihull College to create a unique female football academy.

This significant partnership will mean alongside professional football training by FA/UEFA trained coaches and competitive playing opportunities, Solihull College will offer a full range of academic and vocational pathways to meet the educational needs of each student.

In addition to this there are opportunities to access the Solihull College student athlete scheme where talented stars are given free gym access, physiotherapy, and sports science support. 

David Parker, Technical Director for the BCLFC Centre of Excellence and first team manager, said: “For us it’s vital to invest in player development and to provide a pathway for players to stay on and develop with us.  We have a high record for producing great players and this partnership with Solihull College will ensure we can continue to do that.”

Trials for the academy are on Thursday 28 March at the Solihull College Blossomfield Campus at the 3G astro turf between 3-5pm; those successful to make it into the academy will have the chance to play for the Birmingham City Ladies reserves team, with the possibility to progress to the first team, playing and training alongside senior international players such as Karen Carney and Laura Bassett.

Marc Skinner, Head of Solihull College Football Academy, said: “For young women who are aged 16 and above this is the chance for them to prove their passion for football which comes with the real chance to play professionally for Birmingham City Ladies reserves.  Along with this training the college will be helping each student reach their potential in further education and beyond.”

Booking for trials is essential; those who are interested are being advised to email: marc.skinner@solihull.ac.uk or call the college on 0121 678 7000.