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Ex-Stoke City Captain invites school pupils to football academy open evening

30th November 2016

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) will be opening its doors to prospective students and aspiring footballers at an open evening for their Football Academy headed up by ex-Stoke City Captain, Andy Griffin.

Ex-Stoke City Captain invites school pupils to football academy open evening

The open evening, taking place at NULC’s Knutton Lane campus on Thursday 1 December, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, will see Head Coach, Andy Griffin, and Football Academy Manager, Dave Beswick, providing visitors with an overview of the Football Academy and the academic pathways available.

The Andy Griffin Football Academy (AGFA) is a two-year programme for young male and female players who have aspirations to play football at a high level or work in the football industry but also appreciate the importance of a top-class education.

The intensive programme, which commences in September 2017 is aimed at young people who are currently playing at high club level, involved in county trials or at a professional football academy who want to study A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport. 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.

Dave Beswick, Football Academy Manager, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming current school pupils to the College on Thursday where we will give them a complete overview of what being a student as part of the Andy Griffin Football Academy involves. We’ll also give them a tour of the campus where they will see our state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff will be on hand to provide academic course advice.

Due to continued success of the AGFA since it launched earlier this year, the College is now recruiting for students who want to be part of a separate female football academy.”

Ex-Premiership football and Stoke City Captain, Andy Griffin, said: “I’m really keen to transfer everything I’ve learnt over the years to a new group of bright players who have the right attitude and are keen and willing to work hard both on and off the pitch. I urge any young players who are interested in pursuing a career in football to come along to our open evening on Thursday 1 December to find out more.”

For more information and to pre-register for the Andy Griffin Football Academy open evening, visit, email or call 01782 254254. 


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