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Pinchbeck launch scholarship scheme

Pinchbeck United are hoping the formation of a scholarship scheme can help create a conveyor belt of players for the club.

The Knights held a successful interactive open event to launch their scheme which is in partnership with One Touch Football.

They are now planning on staging an open trial on Wednesday, April 7, from 6-8pm at their Knight Street base.

Scholars can graduate into the first team ranks at Pinchbeck United.
Scholars can graduate into the first team ranks at Pinchbeck United.

The club’s aim is to create an Under 19s side for next season with their scholars who will be combining football with education.

Knights first team boss Lewis Thorogood commented: “We held a successful interactive event and the open trial is the next step for us with eventually the view of having the Under 19s up and running for next season.

“We have the facilities at Knight Street to host football and do studies and will be working in partnership with One Touch Football who also run a successful scheme at Netherton United.

“We will have everything all under one roof which is great. It’s a real positive step and something that isn’t available in South Holland at the moment.

“There are successful schemes in Peterborough, Stamford and Boston so I saw it as an opportunity for the area.

“I think it is something that we can build on to give us a conveyor belt of players throughout the club as

Thorogood joined the Knights at the end of October as first team manager after holding a similar post with Spalding United.

Although his plans to revitalise the United Counties League club’s fortunes on the pitch were thwarted by the curtailment of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, he is upbeat about the Knights’ future.

Thorogood said: “We have had a couple of meetings since the league ended and we feel confident that we can build a squad which can do something next season.

“I have been very lucky with a lot of the lads which we brought in before the last lockdown in that they have step four experience with the likes of Archie Moyses, Jack Fixter and Charlie Hart.

“They have all played at Spalding United and Lincoln United and have also been through the scholarship system at Lincoln

“We have now got some really experienced lads as part of the squad who want to play and enjoy their football.

“I have been very lucky to get hold of these lads. They came on board with a view of getting us out of a relegation battle and we can now go from there.”

Anyone wishing to attend Pinchbeck’s open trial for their scholarship scheme should register their interest by emailing either Glenn@onetouchfootball.co.uk or info@pinchbeckunitedfc.co.uk

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