Shrewsbury Town manager supports new football in education opportunity

Shrewsbury Town Football Club Manager, Micky Mellon, has showed his support for Shrewsbury Town’s new Football & Education U19 Development team due to compete in the PL/FL League for the coming season.

The Development Squad, delivered by Shrewsbury in the Community in partnership with Shrewsbury College, gives 16 and 17-year-olds the opportunity to train with the clubs professional coaches and compete in a mid-week league that boosts Premier League teams such as Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford, alongside a host of other Football League Clubs.

The Development Squad will train for a minimum of six hours per week while completing a two year BTEC Level 3 Sport Qualification through Shrewsbury College. Each student will receive a ticket for each match of Town’s League One campaign.

Micky said: “This is another fantastic opportunity delivered by the Football Club’s Community Scheme. It’s an opportunity for the club to identify any late developers while allowing the player to study towards their BTEC qualification.”

Shrewsbury Town in the Community Manager, Jamie Edwards, said: “The Development Squad is a continuation from our ever growing Football & Education programme at the football club. The league we have entered will be very competitive but gives the student a unique experience.”
“There are a number of similar courses available in Shropshire but this course, being linked with the only Professional Football Club and professional games programme, gives the student a realistic opportunity of a career in sport. Our recent results show that a number of graduates are starting to have a real impact working in the local community.”

Academy Manager Steve Reece, said: “This is an opportunity for players that are released at 16 to continue playing football without having to leave the Football Club. It is also a great way for the Academy to be in contact with any players that may be late developers.”

Jackie Swan, Curriculum Leader for Sport at Shrewsbury College, said: “For other people interested in sport and coaching, the BTEC is a really good route into vocational areas such as coaching and fitness and well as a good route into university.”

Places are limited so if you are 16 or 17-years-old and interested in the programme, please email or call 01743 289177 for more information.

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