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Academy scheme is helping students to climb the footballing ladder

Stamford Football Academy
Stamford Football Academy

Preparations are gathering pace for the third season of the Stamford Football Academy which is starting to see their hard work come to fruition.

The scheme combines a football and education programme between New College Stamford and Stamford AFC.

More than 40 teenagers are on the scheme this year with the footballers starting to make an impression as they rise through the rankings.

Harry Peasgood has made a handful of appearances in Stamford’s squad for their Evo-Stik Division One South campaign alongside fellow scholar Reece Darby.

Peasgood has also featured recently for United Counties League Division One side Blackstones where his performances have earned rave reviews.

He was joined this month at the Lincoln Road club by Filip Czerwonka who netted a debut goal in his substitute appearance as Blackstones ran out 4-0 winners against Lutterworth Athletic.

Their progress has helped highlight the scheme which is staging a trial day on Thursday, April 12, at the Borderville sports campus.

Guy Walton, who is Stamford AFC’s first team director of youth, is delighted that scheme is given youngsters the platform to showcase their talents.

He said: “Hopefully this course will provide a stepping stone for youngsters to go on further and progress.

“We’ve got plenty of boys coming through and it’s good that the likes of Harry, Reece and Filip are getting the chance to play at both Stamford and Blackstones.”

The course combines having the opportunity to gain industry recognised qualifications through New College Stamford while getting the training required to become a semi-professional footballer or have a career in football management or coaching.

Under the tutelage of head coach Gary Brown, the side has been playing this season in category two of the British Colleges League.

Student Liam Harper commented: “The course has allowed me to develop my physical skills as well as gain confidence and knowledge in football coaching.

“I’ve already completed a sports leader award while studying at the Stamford Football Academy and have the opportunity now to progress to university.”

After the trial day in April, there will be a number of pre-season training sessions being held at Borderville on Monday, August 13; Wednesday, August 15; Monday, August 20; Wednesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 29.

For more information on the scheme call 01780 484311 or e-mail either sfa@stamford.ac.uk or guy.walton@stamfordafc.net


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