Local Sixth Form and Harriers combine for new partnership….
By Matty Paddock - 09/07/2018
Posted 5 months ago
Kidderminster Harriers Football Club and Hanley Castle Sixth Form are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership that will offer talented young footballers an excellent player pathway into professional football.
From September 2018, Hanley Castle Sixth Form will be entering college football leagues for the first time, with the support of Harriers coaches. Football training will be based around the school curriculum meaning students can be involved in the team regardless of the subjects they undertake.
Kidderminster Harriers will utilise their coaching experience and knowledge to deliver an exciting and professional footballing programme whilst competing in a competitive college league each week.
This partnership will give footballers in Hanley Castle, Upton, Pershore, Gloucester and Malvern the opportunity to progress through the Hanley Castle Sixth Form, which will allow pupils to gain qualifications whilst engaging in their passion and talent for football – a combination which could help lead to a career in the game.
Hanley Castle will be working closely with Harriers to nurture and identify talented pupils that can then progress towards the club’s thriving U23Foundation Degree programme based at the Centre of Sporting Excellence in Kidderminster. Players can then undertake a Foundation Degree in Business Management and Sports Coaching or a Personal Training Diploma which allows pupils to continue in education whilst playing in a full-time football programme with the U23s group which works closely with the first team.
This is an exciting time for players who are looking to progress in their education and to carve out a career in football. This partnership brings together two successful organisations that aim to provide some excellent opportunities and to discover Worcestershire’s most talented footballers.
Kidderminster Harriers’ Football Development Officer James Long commented: “We are a club that prides itself on developing players and providing opportunities, this partnership is yet another example of our close work with some amazing local schools and institutions worth that aim in mind.
“Hanley Castle share our values and are committed to providing opportunities for students particularly in more rural areas such as Hanley Castle, Upton, Pershore, Tewkesbury and Malvern – we’re really excited about what the partnership can deliver in terms of opportunities for students in those areas.”
Matthew Scanlan, Head of Sixth Form – Hanley Castle High School added: “Hanley Castle Sixth Form is delighted with the opportunity to join forces with Kidderminster Harriers Football Club to establish our first sporting academy.
“As a school it means a lot to have linked to an organisation which has similar values to our own ethos of excellence, friendliness and opportunity. Hanley Castle Sixth Form continues to grow from strength to strength, with outstanding results at A Level including 40% of grades at A* and A grade and 31% of grades in facilitating subjects at AAB (the highest in Worcestershire). “We have just been crowned ‘Secondary School of the Year’ at the Worcestershire Education Awards and this new exciting partnership will allow for students to undertake professional football training whilst gaining an outstanding education.
“As a school we are very excited about this fantastic new partnership and welcome anyone interested to get in contact with the school to discuss the programme with us, either before 20th July or on the GCSE results day on the 23rd August.”