Final trials for NPLFA hopefuls

4 days ago By David Watters

The EVO-STIK League's NPLFA clubs are holding their final trials for students still hoping to win a place among the league-wide academy's 2017-18 intake.

Belper Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, Matlock Town, Mickleover Sports, Mossley, Ossett Albion, Radcliffe, Sutton Coldfield Town, Warrington Town and Witton Albion are all staging finals trials until the end of August as students already enrolled with the NPLFA turned out for pre-season training this week in the run-up to the new EVO-STIK League season, pictured.

An NPLFA spokesman said: "August is a busy month for all our clubs with pre-season training in full swing and trials taking place to fill the remaining limited places we have at our clubs. If potential candidates haven’t been down before, please register first at nplfa.co.uk/register and we will give you further details via email."

Founded with the backing of the Football Association at five pilot clubs in September 2014 to provide career pathways into the football industry and still the only league wide academy in English football combining sport with education, the NPLFA continues to expand and is expected to cater to more than 400 students in its fourth intake for the new academic year.

Thanks to the new higher education partnership with Loughborough College announced in May, NPLFA students on two year BTEC courses or embarking on them from September can now continue their education to degree level while developing their football careers within the EVO-STIK League.

Mickleover Sports won the NPLFA's youth league for the third season running in May while Warrington Town's stars of the future lifted the inaugural NPLFA Cup at Stole City's Bet365 Stadium. For more information and to see the NPLFA's latest promotional videos, follow the NPLFA on Twitter at @NPLFA or visit: www.nplfa.co.uk.

NPLFA Trials August 2017

Belper Town
All on the 3G pitch at Belper Leisure Centre, John O’Gaunts Way, Belper, DE56 0DA unless stated.
Tuesday 1st August (2pm – 3pm)
Tuesday 8th August (2pm – 3pm)
Tuesday 15th August (2pm – 3pm)
Tuesday 22nd August (2pm – 3pm)
Tuesday 29th August (2pm – 3pm)

Kidsgrove Athletic
All on the 3G pitch at Northwood Stadium, Keelings Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 6PA unless stated.
Tuesday 1st August (11am – 12pm)
Tuesday 8th August (3.30pm – 4.30pm)
Tuesday 15th August (3pm – 4pm)
Tuesday 22nd August (11am – 12pm)
Tuesday 29th August (11am – 12pm)

Leek Town
All on the 3G pitch at Northwood Stadium, Keelings Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 6PA unless stated.
Tuesday 1st August (11am – 12pm)
Tuesday 8th August (3.30pm – 4.30pm)
Tuesday 15th August (3pm – 4pm)
Tuesday 22nd August (11am – 12pm)
Tuesday 29th August (11am – 12pm)

Matlock Town
All on the grass pitch at ARC Leisure Centre, Bakewell Rd, Matlock, DE4 3AZ unless stated.
Monday 14th August (6pm)
Wednesday 16th August (6pm)
Friday 18th August (6pm)
Monday 21st August (6pm)
Wednesday 23rd August (6pm)
Friday 25th August (6pm)
Monday 28th August (6pm)
Wednesday 30th August (6pm)

Mickleover Sports
All on the grass pitch at Mickleover Sports FC, Station Road, Mickleover, DE3 9FB unless stated.
Wednesday 2nd August (12pm – 1.30pm)
Wednesday 9th August (12pm – 1.30pm)
Wednesday 16th August (12pm – 1.30pm)
Wednesday 23rd August (12pm – 1.30pm)
Wednesday 30th August (12pm – 1.30pm)

Mossley
All on the 3G pitch at the Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Oldham, OL8 3JH unless stated.
Tuesday 8th August (1pm – 3pm)
Wednesday 9th August 2017 (1pm – 3pm)
Monday 14th August 2017 (1pm – 3pm)
Monday 21st August 2017 (1pm – 3pm)
Tuesday 29th August 2017 (1pm – 3pm)

Ossett Albion
All on the 3G pitch at Ossett Albion AFC, Dimple Wells, Ossett, WF5 8RN unless stated.
Thursday 3rd August (12pm – 2pm)
Thursday 10th August (12pm – 2pm)
Thursday 17th August (12pm – 2pm)
Thursday 31st August (12pm – 2pm)

Radcliffe
All on the 3G pitch at Radcliffe FC, Stainton Park, Pilkington Road, Radcliffe, M26 3PE unless stated.
Wednesday 9th August (11am – 1pm)
Wednesday 16th August (11am – 1pm)
Wednesday 23rd August (11am – 1pm)
Wednesday 30th August (11am – 1pm)

Sutton Coldfield Town
All on the 3G pitch at Sutton Coldfield Town, Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1NL unless stated.
Thursday 3rd August (2.30pm – 4pm)
Thursday 10th August (2.30pm – 4pm)
Thursday 17th August (2.30pm – 4pm)
Thursday 31st August (2.30pm – 4pm)
Thursday 7th September (2.30pm – 4pm)

Warrington Town
All on the 3G pitch at Warrington Town FC, Cantilever Park, Commons Lane, Warrington, WA4 2RS unless stated.
Friday 4th August (12pm – 1.30pm)
Friday 11th August (12pm – 1.30pm) at The Recreation 3G pitch, University Academy Warrington, Insall Road, Warrington, WA2 0LN.
Friday 18th August (12pm – 1.30pm)
Friday 25th August (12pm – 1.30pm) at The Recreation 3G pitch, University Academy Warrington, Insall Road, Warrington, WA2 0LN.
Friday 1st September (12pm – 1.30pm)

Witton Albion
All on the 3G pitch at Sandbach Community Football Centre, Hind Heath Road, Sandbach, CW11 3LZ unless stated.
Friday 4th August (11am – 12.30pm)
Friday 11th August (11am – 12.30pm)
Friday 18th August (11am – 12.30pm)
Friday 25th August (11am – 12.30pm)
Friday 1st September (11am – 12.30pm)

Please note, all sessions are subject to change. Unless trialists register, the NPLFA will be unable to inform them of any changes to dates, venues and times.

Images courtesy of @NPLFA/Twitter

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