STFC join forces with Shrewsbury College to produce football stars of the future

Shrewsbury Town Football Club (STFC) and Shrewsbury College have officially launched a new partnership to deliver the clubs prestigious Apprenticeship programme.

The Apprenticeship programme, or Scholarship programme as STFC call it, has been running since 1996 and employs Scholars/Apprentices to train as professional footballers with the aim of making it as a first team player (where appropriate) or to move on to another club.

The programme has produced Premiere league stars, such as Joe Hart (Manchester City) and David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wonderers) as well as current first team players, Ryan Woods and Connor Goldson, amongst others.

The Apprentices come from all over the country and are already very talented footballers, but the club emphasises the importance of education as part of their football training, so all apprentices are working towards their Level 3 Diploma in Sport – which the college will now deliver.

Matt Williams, STFC Chief Executive, said: “Shrewsbury College has developed into a top-class college with some fantastic facilities. Their commitment to deliver a top-class education programme is another attraction. We also want the players to be integrated within the town and the local community.”

Catherine Armstrong, Assistant Principal, Operations and Curriculum, at the College, said: “It’s a very exciting time for sport at the College and we are privileged that the quality of our teaching and facilities has been recognised and that the College will play a part in the education and training of future football stars.”

Steve Reece, Academy Manager at STFC, said: “With the recent developments at the college and the new industry standard 3G pitch the College will be a pleasant and fun environment for the scholars, and will contribute greatly towards both their educational and sporting achievements that have been evident throughout the scholarship programme.”

For more information about courses, please come to the Advice Event on June 4 from 5pm to 7pm or call 01743 342411.

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