A former hotel will become the new home for young footballers while they develop their skills and complete their education.
The FootballCV Academy, which recently moved to the Borderville Sports Complex in Ryhall Road, Stamford, will use the Garden House Hotel as a base for its students from August.
The 20-bedroom hotel in High Street St Martin’s closed in February this year, and the building has been vacant since then.
FootballCV Academy managing director Graham Starmer said: “It is a real coup for the academy to secure a building as stunning as the former Garden House Hotel to accommodate our students, and it is a move that puts us at the heart of the wonderful town of Stamford.
“It means students will be based close to Borderville Sports Complex, where our members will train on a daily basis, and also puts to good use one of Stamford’s most iconic buildings.
“As a result we’re delighted to reach a deal with the owners, Burghley House Preservation Trust, and look forward to a long and fruitful stay in the property and the town.”
Students will move into the building ready for the start of the 2015/16 football season.
FootballCV Academy, which moved to Stamford from Corby, aims to combine football development with academic achievement. The academy recently announced a partnership with Peterborough Regional College to enable students to study for qualifications such as a BTEC National Level 3 in Sport and an Extended Diploma in Sport at the Park Crescent Campus from September.
The Garden House Hotel was run by John and Janet Finlayson for 13 years before it closed in February when the couple decided to retire.
The buildings were first established as the St Martins Guest House in the 1930s and expanded to become a hotel in the early 1980s.
Sarah Mayhew of the Burghley House Preservation Trust said: “The Burghley Trust is delighted to welcome the FootballCV Academy to Stamford and its new home at the former Garden House Hotel.
“We believe this will be an exciting and long-term future for the academy and we wish them all the best.”
Anyone looking to book a place at the academy can call FootballCV on 01933 420000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.