Town star kicks off football academy

Jon Worthington has set up his own academy
Jon Worthington has set up his own academy

Jon Worthington is hoping to follow up his good work on the field by making an impact off it following the launch of his own football academy.

Worthington, 29, signed for the Shaymen this summer following his release from Mansfield Town at the end of last season.

He has started life as a Shayman well, scoring twice already in a season which has seen him take on a more advanced role.

After making over 250 league appearances and club captain at Huddersfield Town, Worthington, who lives in Northowram, took the decision to step back from full time football to sign with the Shaymen.

During the summer he began a degree in phyisotherapy at Salford University - and now, on top of that, he has announced the launch of the BW Pro Soccer Academy with another former Mansfield player, Paul Bolland.

“I’ve got more time on my hands since I joined Town and I’ve got all my UEFA B coaching badges,” said Worthington.

“It’s been a dream of mine to set up a football training academy. I have been lucky enough to be a professional footballer and I want to pass on my knowledge and expertise to children in my local community.”

The first courses begin at Queensbury High School, with two three day soccer camps running between the 24 and 26 October and 29 and 31 October from 10am to 3pm.

From Friday 9 November the weekly BW Development Academy will offer regular training on Friday evenings for school years 3 and 4 (5-6pm) and years 5 and 6 (6 - 7pm).

The Academy is suitable for already aspiring young footballers to those who simply want to have fun and stay fit & healthy, fulfil their potential and meet new friends.

In terms of his performances this season, Worthington has played in a more advanced role as part of a midfield diamond.

“I think it has worked well,” he said.

“I feel confident that I can get goals from midfield. As my career has gone on I’ve been used in a deeper role but when I was younger I used to get forward a lot.”