Pinchbeck United holding open event for football academy and education scholarship
An open event to kick-off the first football academy and education scholarship scheme in the area is being held next month.
Pinchbeck United have joined forces with One Touch Football to launch the initiative which will see aspiring footballers stay in full-time education while continuing to play the sport they love.
The scheme allows young footballers to study for a BTec in sport while giving them a clear pathway into first team football at a Step 5 level.
The open event is being staged at Pinchbeck’s Knight Street ground on Thursday, February 18, and runs from 1-3pm.
If coronavirus restrictions won’t allow the event to go-ahead face-to-face then it will be conducted online through Zoom.
Anyone interested can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.onetouchfootball.co.uk for the scheme which was launched last month by the United Counties League club.
First team boss Lewis Thorogood said: “I am really excited for this new scheme as it’s the first one in this area and very much needed.
“With my background always being in youth development, it’s quite an exciting opportunity for me.
“It can either be a two or three year course and it gives aspiring footballers an opportunity and pathway into first team football at a good level.
“It’s a provision that South Holland doesn’t have at the moment and to be the first club to do so is exciting.
“I believe in this scheme and it’s something I want to see grow and prosper and, if it does, then it should grow into something beautiful.
“We can use my past experiences at the likes of Boston United and Spalding and I believe if we do it the right way it should be good for the club.
“We have given (first team coach) Alfie Tate an opportunity within the club this season and everyone knows he was the youngest manager in the FA Cup, so we’re always giving younger people an opportunity in the game to flourish.
“My background is all about grassroots through to elite and now with this provision I’ve got the chance to extend my knowledge.
“We’ve got a chance here to re-invigorate football in the local area and for us to start it would be a good thing.”