Borough today pressed the button to start what they hope will be a conveyor belt of talent
at Manor Park.
The Dr Martens Premier League champions have launched their new soccer academy designed
to produce players to help the push towards league football.
The club, who clinched promotion to the Conference the highest tier of
non-League football in the country last week, have teamed up with North
Warwickshire and Hinckley College.
Talented youngsters, both local and from further afield, will be coached daily in
football skills but also receive an education through the college.
Students will have up to eight hours of quality coaching a week, benefit from specially
tailored courses at the college and have a chance to make it at the top of the non-League
Borough chairman Phil Clayton said:
"The college will carefully monitor the lads academic performance and we do the
same on the football field. Should they fall behind in either section then they will have
time to improve on it. It will be a careful balance.
"We believe the academy can play a great part in the clubs future but also
give youngsters a real chance to further their prospects on both fronts."
The scheme is being run by former Coventry City coach Jose Marques Ascensao and Dewi
The youngsters will only be selected on their football talents but their work ambitions
will be looked at. The college will offer them courses from leisure studies to beauty
First team boss Brendan Phillips was at todays launch and will be keeping a close
eye on events.
"With us winning promotion it is vital we get the foundations right. We have made
massive steps this season and given time the academy will prove a very useful tool for us
and also of great benefit to the community."