The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are proud to announce a new partnership with Harris Academy South Norwood, offering boys aged 16-18 the opportunity to participate in a Football Academy programme whist following a full time educational pathway.
Players will learn and train at Harris Academy South Norwood under the educational expertise of tutors from the college. Staff from the Crystal Palace FC Foundation will be attending the college to run the training and match day programmes, as well as offering opportunities with the Foundation at Selhurst Park.
The programme looks to challenge players’ football ability by competing at the highest level. The teams will compete in college league & cup competitions, where the most talented players have opportunities to trial at local semi-professional and professional clubs as well as being supported through college scholarship applications.
The education programme offered at Harris Academy South Norwood will enable players to study a full programme of A-Level and vocational courses offered at the centre. Potential players are actively encouraged to visit the school and to discuss future career plans to ensure students are on the right pathway for their career choices.
Gary Mulcahey, Director of Sports Development, Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “We are building a portfolio of school-based sports partnerships across our London boroughs. The idea is that we invest in the footballing talent of our surrounding area and provide the correct development channels for these youngsters to reach their potential within the game – whether this is at pro, semi-pro or grassroots level.
The framework for the Academy has proven extremely successful in the past and we believe these types of partnerships will provide the infrastructure for the young talent of the future. The programme will look to improve the technical ability of all participants and channel this into various levels of grassroots and club football.
The Academy gives the unique opportunity for both young boys and girls to combine the academic side of school life with a passion for football and hopefully it will produce some of the games top athletes in years to come.”
For any questions or more details please contact Stuart Jacob on 020 8768 6047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org