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College launches new football academy in conjunction with ex-Stoke City captain

18th April 2016

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has launched a brand new Football Academy headed up by ex-Stoke City captain, Andy Griffin.   

The NULC Andy Griffin Football Academy is a two-year programme for young players who have aspirations to play football at a high level or work in the football industry but also appreciate the importance of their education.

The intensive programme, which commences in September is aimed at youngsters who are currently playing at a high club level, involved in county trials or at a professional football academy and who are wanting to study for A levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching, Development and Fitness.  In addition to a robust academic timetable, students will participate in at least 9 hours of football coaching a week, including training sessions and a weekly game.  Each player will also receive an Individual Player Plan to develop fitness, strength and conditioning, a fully branded kit and tracksuit, gym membership, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietary advice, along with the opportunity to enjoy international tours, games against professional clubs, visits to top sports universities and St George’s Park, home of the English FA.

At the helm of the Academy is Head Coach Andy Griffin, ex-Premiership footballer and former Stoke City Captain who played at Champions League level with Newcastle United and for England at under-18 and under-21 levels.  He has the benefit of working with some of the games most recognised and flamboyant managers including Sir Bobby Robson, Kenny Dalglish, Harry Redknapp and Ruud Gullit and hopes to draw on this experience in his new role. 

Andy Griffin, Head Coach said: “I am delighted to be involved in this exciting new programme and am really keen to transfer everything I’ve learnt over the years to my role at NULC.  I am looking for disciplined players with the right attitude, who are bright, keen and willing to work hard both on and off the pitch.  We are holding an open evening on Thursday 28th April and would welcome prospective players and their parents to come along to find out more.”

Andy will work alongside Football Academy Manager, Dave Beswick who has a wealth of semi-professional football experience having managed local clubs such as Norton United and Kidsgrove Athletic FC.  Dave has also been involved with the youth academies of Port Vale FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.

Karen Dobson, Principal & Chief Executive at NULC said: “Newcastle-under-Lyme College has been recognised as one of the top colleges in the country for football development and we are very keen to develop our grassroots footballing talent.  We are continually looking for ways to enhance our provision and this brand new programme, fronted by an ex-Premiership player with Andy’s credentials, gives us a very unique and unrivalled offer.  This is a tough programme requiring serious commitment both on the pitch and in the classroom.” 

To find out more about the Andy Griffin Football Academy at NULC please click here.


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