Barnsley College’s Sports Academy has established a partnership with Barnsley Football Club which will give talented footballers trial opportunities at the club’s academy.

The new agreement could open doors for college students who are looking to get a foothold in professional football.

The partnership will enable the college’s Athlete Development Manager Dave Penney, who has managed professional clubs including Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic, to send talented players from college to Barnsley FC’s academy for a trial.

Dave Penney said: “We’re delighted to establish this partnership with Barnsley FC, which will provide great opportunities for the college and for our students. We are looking forward to seeing what benefits the partnership will provide for the college and the football club.”

Ronnie Branson, Barnsley FC academy manager, added. “We are hoping to pick up late developers through this partnership, players who may not have been at the top of their age category at the age of 13 or 14 but who reach their potential at 16 or 17.

“Marc Roberts is an example of a former Barnsley College student who has moved onto a successful career as a professional footballer. Marc did not follow an easy route, but he got there in the end.”

The college’s Sports Academy is open to talented athletes studying any course. Call our Information Team on 01226 216 123 for more information on our courses.

Last updated: 27th October 2015

Originally posted on: 27th October 2015

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