A new Girls Football Academy will form an integral part of the Aston Villa Ladies new player pathway when it launches in line with the next academic year.
A partnership between Aston Villa Foundation and Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet), the Academy – which is targeted at current year 11 pupils – will offer students the freedom to study any A Levels, BTEC or vocational course on offer at the college while representing Aston Villa in the National Football Youth League.
The Girls Football Academy will also provide players with the realistic prospect of progressing into the senior set-up of Aston Villa Ladies, who currently play in Women’s Super League Two.
Manager of Foundation and Community Partnerships, Andy Taylor said: “The programme offers an opportunity for young aspiring footballers to study full-time while representing Aston Villa on a weekly basis.
“This programme allows players to continue playing for other clubs at the weekend while learning in the Aston Villa environment during the week. It also provides a realistic opportunity for a player to progress into our WSL team.”
Jason Allen, Sport and Sports Academy Manager at BMet, feels the new partnership presents an excellent option for budding footballers who also want to commit to their studies.
He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the largest Midlands club to work with the largest further education College in the region to deliver an excellent football and education pathway programme.
“BMet offers the widest range of programmes for the student as well as many support areas that will ensure a dedicated football scholar can be successful in their chosen academic or vocational pathway.”
The Academy Building at Villa Park will host trials and an information evening for the course on 12th April from 6.30-8.30pm.
Students should arrive at the venue kitted out in training gear and moulded boots suitable for an AstroTurf pitch.
The trial will last for one hour and will be followed by an informative presentation detailing what students can expect from the course.
Those interested in attending the trial or who would like more details, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 327 2299.