The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is inviting young people to try out for its Football Academy, on June 1 and July 6 at the Enfield Centre, which allows students to combine sport and study.

The partnership between Boreham Wood Football Club and the College is a great opportunity to balance a love of sport while also gaining further qualifications.

The first of the trials in early April were very popular, with almost 100 young people turning up.

Tulay Rashid, Assistant Director Young People’s College, said the response was very encouraging and it was fantastic to see so many take part.

“The club chairman Danny Hunter spoke to all of the candidates and explained the PASE scheme (Programme of Academic and Sporting Excellence),” she said.

Candidates were told about the benefits of being part of Boreham Wood FC and they also had the opportunity to talk to College staff about the courses on offer.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop skills in football and further their education for a brighter future,” she said.

“Academy members will be playing league games every Wednesday and train every day.  The members would have all their needs catered for from kits, food on match days and on-site physiotherapy care, all the while gaining qualifications in either a sports or construction programme.”

Boreham Wood FC is a non-league community club in the Ryman Premier Division.  In recent years the club has invested nearly £2 million in modernising its facilities.

Level 3 Sports Diploma student David Oyenuga helped out during the trials and said he is enjoying being part of the Football Academy.

“It’s like a big family.  Everyone at the club is nice and the coach and chairman are very influential,” he said.

“The facilities are great.  You have the chance to play against professional clubs too, which means you could potentially get scouted.”

Football Academy students can choose between courses such as a Sport NVQ (Level 1), Sport OCR First Certificate (Level 1), Sport OCR National Certificate (Level 2), Sport BTEC National Certificate / Diploma (Level 3) and also Basic Construction Skills Certificate City and Guilds 6217 (Level 1).

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