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Academy College Programme Trial Date

15 March 2021

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In partnership with Tameside College, the Academy are now accepting applications for the upcoming trial next month as part of the new football education programme.

Taking place at Avro FC's Vestacare Stadium, the programme will give young people the chance to receive professional football training alongside studying for an academic qualification.

On the partnership and new programme, Head of Academy Paul Murray said; "The programme is something different than any other really as our U18s will be on-site with the college students at Avro, a place we can call home through the week, so they'll actually be able to see them and be dipping into our training sessions sometimes. 

"Those who impress will then train with us regularly, so it's a different programme to allow for another opportunity for players who have just missed out or not been spotted yet.

"I truly believe that there are people out there that do miss the first cut in their career but still have the ability to make it as a professional.

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"It might take another couple of years in a development programme to really mature and find their feet and that's what we're looking at when we launched this programme. Not only is it an excellent education in terms of a qualification and the high level of teaching from Tameside College, but it's a chance to keep an eye on particular players that we've seen that we like in the building.

"From there we can develop them as young adults and hopefully help them gain a professional contract with the club, that’s the whole idea of it to widen our pool of players we have available to train whilst also offering a first-class education. 

"It can happen and does happen, so I'm really looking forward to it and the programme will be as professional as the Academy. We just want to attract plenty of people to come in and come down to the trials."

For more details on how to register, please see the flyer below and send all information to football.programme@oldhamathletic.co.uk

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