FC Halifax Town’s youth team are put through their paces at a training session at Calderdale College.
The club’s youth set-up sees 34 students commuting from across Yorkshire to work towards a BTEC Diploma in Sport as well as a shot at making the grade in football.
Under the bespoke programme, all academic content is delivered by a qualified tutor in purpose built classrooms at Calderdale College, where the course is delivered.
On the full-size grass and 3G pitches, the youngsters receive up to 12 hours of technical and tactical coaching per week and play in the Football Conference Youth Alliance and FA Youth Cup.
Town’s head of youth development, Steve Nichol, says: “We may be a Conference club but I don’t think that makes a difference if your coaching programme is right.
“If we can put the right programme into place it’s frightening what we can do.”