Its excellent coaching schedule and super competitive games programme make it a unique opportunity for any young player.Kevan Broadhurst, Programme Coach
The new course supersedes the current Football Development Programme and is in place ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
This programme, which offers youngsters the opportunity to be coached by UEFA A qualified professionals as well as the chance to play in the prestigious National Football Youth Development League also has fantastic educational benefits too.
Open to Year 12 students, the course is designed to give junior footballers a platform to not only improve their footballing ability but also one in which enables them to study towards a qualification in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport.
Lucy Monk, Principal at Shenley Academy, said: “Shenley Academy are proud to be part of a partnership which delivers sporting and academic excellence to post-16 students. We believe that young people who aspire to achieve greatness in their lives, are inspired by high quality coaching and teaching.
“All participants know that hard work and practice leads to success on the pitch and in the classroom. This programme goes beyond that to support participants to become young people ready for every aspect of their professional careers.
“Throughout the programme, they will work to develop the core values which are shared by Shenley and Birmingham City Football Club: resilience, kindness, integrity, respect, self-belief and altruism. Together, Shenley and Birmingham City Football Club support young people on the programme to ‘Keep right onto the end of the road’, to achieve their goal: excellence.”
The course has been re-designed to provide greater assistance to individuals, so that on completion, they have all the right attributes to pursue a career within sport or further afield.
The course is led by ex-professional players, which provides those students with the unique and brilliant experience to learn from those who have made a living from the beautiful game.
Kevan Broadhurst, Football and Education Programme Coach, urges youngsters to attend the open evening: “Join a well-established football family which is proving to be a successful breeding ground for young talent with avenues to progress into league and non-league football clubs.
“Its excellent coaching schedule and super competitive games programme make it a unique opportunity for any young player.”
Former students have gone on to achieve long and successful playing careers at both club and international level, have become Sport Scientists at professional football clubs, or have gone into further education to undertake soccer scholarships in America.
And one of those was Ryan Inman, who began studying on the course having been released from the BCFC Academy at an early age, he said: “I was offered a place on the Community programme and agreed because the standard of coaching matched or even bettered that of the Academy.
“Having not secured a place in the U23s I had to look for other options. Fortunately, I had listened to my tutors about the education standards needed to get a soccer scholarship in America. I cannot state enough about the importance of working hard to achieve high grades that will get you onto a full scholarship at a good university in America or anywhere in the world.
“With guidance from the community staff, I joined a scholarship programme at a Division 1 team in Carolina, America.
“The door is now open for me to trial at the MLS clubs this summer and the potential for a pro-contract is still a possibility.”
For any enquiries about the programme, please call community on 0121 202 5210.