Leek Town are setting up a new exciting venture for aspiring young footballers.
In conjunction with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League, the club will be launching an educational package for its academy squad in September.
A club spokesman explained: "The aim is to give the academy team a robust educational package comprising a Level 3 BTec in Sport which ultimately, if they achieve well, could give them a gateway into university or further education in some capacity.
"The concept is that the boys would enjoy a fantastic footballing experience of training and learning the day-to-day reality of football at the club, whilst competing in prestigious competitions like the FA Youth Cup and the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Academy League." The spokesman added: "On the back of the football aspect, the educational package leads them through a variety of BTec units and work experience options that would open many doors for them in the future."
The NPL reports recruitment for the 20 places available at each participating club is going well, with frequent training sessions and trials taking place to assess applicants.
Launch nights have now been set up to which players who have had trials are invited, together with their parents, carers, guardians, coaches and managers, to view a presentation on the programme and put forward any questions to the representatives of the NPL Football Academy and club officials.
The Leek Town launch night will be held at Harrison Park next Tuesday at 7pm.