Open evening to find the next generation of Shay stars

FC Halifax Town youth team training session at The Inspire Centre, Calderdale College. Austin Broadbent.
FC Halifax Town youth team training session at The Inspire Centre, Calderdale College. Austin Broadbent.

FC Halifax Town are holding an open evening and trial at Calderdale College for their youth team next month.

Successful players will be given a two-year scholarship with the Shaymen and will combine a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport with full time professional football training.

Players will also have the opportunity to compete in the Football Conference Youth League and cup competitions alongside the prestigious FA Youth Cup.

Steve Nichol, Head of Community, Junior and Youth Development at FC Halifax Town said: “We are looking to recruit talented and locally based players in the current under 16/17s age group (current school year 11 and 12) who can travel into the club each day for the training and education.

“This is a full time education and football programme, it is a unique two year course where we aim to create the best possible environment for players to excel in the classroom as well as on the pitch and make strides towards our first team, professional football or university (this is a fully recognised qualification for UCAS applications).

“This could be a great opportunity for those players who have been released by a professional club but still have an aspiration to progress their football career, or maybe ‘the unpolished diamond’ that has slipped through the net and need the right environment to develop their ability.

“As a club we have growing reputation for developing talent into the Football League with players such as Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Lee Gregory (Millwall) and Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) and more recently the success of our own youth programme was emphasised when Sam Hillhouse one of our first year alumni was awarded an 18-month contract with the senior squad.”

The open evening and trial will take place on April 20 and include a presentation of the football and academic aspect of the programme as well as trial matches on the 3G pitch. Successful players will be invited to additional training sessions and interview.

For further information or to register for the open evening and trial contact Steve Nichol on 07572 154 200 or stevenichol@fchalifaxtown.com