GATESHEAD Football Club have launched a new Gateshead FC Academy for the 2019/20 season in partnership with Gateshead College.

The new academy gives talented footballers a clear progression route into the professional game, playing for the club’s reserve team and ultimately the chance to play for Gateshead FC’s first team.

The Gateshead FC Academy will enable the club to attract and bring in high-quality players who have come through the local boys clubs or have been released from higher league clubs including Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, providing a huge long-term benefit to the club.

As part of the new academy structure, there will also be the formation of two new academy sides for 16-18-year-olds, enabling the club to attract and develop players below the age of 18. In developing the new academy, the club has chosen to work in partnership with Gateshead College to ensure all academy players not only receive the highest level of professional training but also a recognised qualification. Players will study on a course of their choice at the college.

Two under-18 academy teams, one first team and one reserve team will be introduced as a feeder into the Gateshead reserve side.

Recruitment for the Gateshead FC Academy will start this month (February). Upcoming information events and details of how to apply can be found at www.gfc-academy.com.

All enquiries should be directed to – gfcacademy@gateshead.ac.uk

For more information about our partnership with Gateshead College, click here.

For more information on our partnership with Gateshead College, please see below.

Programme content

The programme is designed around two scholarship pathways, the Player Scholar pathway and the Coaching Scholar pathway, allowing you to choose the specialism most suitable to your abilities and ambitions. Both pathways include nationally recognised qualifications and help students develop the skills and knowledge employers look for.

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As a Player scholar:

* Train full time at Gateshead Football Club.

* Represent the club in the Premier Northern Alliance League.

* Gain a qualification in a college course of your choice.

* Undertake a work experience rotation in roles related to running a successful football club, for example football administration and strength and conditioning.

As a Coaching scholar:

* Gain a FA Level 2 qualification.

* Deliver coaching sessions at the club and in the community, alongside professional Gateshead Football Club staff.

* Gain an employability qualification, a Level 2 Award in Employment and Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning

The team

You’ll be trained and guided by the professionals at Gateshead Football Club and the expert teaching and coaching team at our Academy for Sport.

Where will I study?

You will spend the majority of your time on the programme at Gateshead Football Club as part of our professional player or coaching team. One day a week will be spent at the College’s Academy for Sport understanding the theory that will underpin your practical knowledge.

After the programme

This destination driven programme has been specifically designed to enable you to secure a job in a wide range of roles connected to the football industry. There is a clear focus for preparing you for a long-lasting career throughout the programme, ensuring you have the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to be successful, as well as a qualification.