Summer trials start for future stars

By David Watters

The Northern Premier League Football Academy's coaches are looking to enlist their next generation of champions over the coming weeks with summer trials now well underway.

Open to Year 11 and 12 students looking to continue their education in September, the summer trials are the fourth and final chance of 2018 for potential students to showcase their talents and earn a place at the NPLFA, English football's first and only league wide academy combining football with further education.

The NPLFA was founded with the backing of the Football Association at five pilot clubs in September 2014 to provide career pathways into the football industry with students studying on two year BTEC courses. Since last season, students have been able to continue their education to degree level after the NPLFA teamed up with Loughborough College in the summer of 2017 to launch a new higher education partnership.

The NPLFA is set to expand to 15 clubs and successful candidates at the trials will be dreaming of following in the footsteps of the academy's three current graduates to the pro game, Yohan Rutty-Smith leading the way with a move from Romulus to Notts County in 2015, Max Hunt from Matlock Town to Derby County back in January and Morgan Williams in June after he sealed a dream move from Mickleover Sports to Coventry City.

To see the NPLFA's latest promotional videos and success stories, follow on Twitter at @NPLFA or visit: www.nplfa.co.uk. To attend any of the trials listed below, candidates should register their details at nplfa.co.uk/register before receiving further information on the clubs they've chosen.

NPLFA Summer Trials 2018 Schedule

Belper Town
Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Belper Leisure Centre, John O’Gaunts Way, Belper, DE56 0DA
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G pitch, a drink
Thursday 2 August
Thursday 9 August
Thursday 16 August
Thursday 23 August
Thursday 30 August
Thursday 6 September

Carlton Town
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Carlton Town FC, Bill Stokeld Stadium, Stoke Lane, Gedling, Nottingham, NG4 2QS
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G pitch, a drink
Thursday 2 August
Thursday 9 August
Thursday 16 August
Thursday 23 August
Thursday 30 August
Thursday 6 September

Leek Town
Time: 1pm to 3pm (unless stated)
Venue: Northwood Stadium, Keelings Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 6PA
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G pitch, a drink
Friday 27 July (3pm – 5pm)
Friday 3rd August
Friday 10th August
Friday 17th August (4pm – 6pm)
Friday 24th August
Friday 31st August
Friday 7th September

Mickleover Sports
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Mickleover Sports FC, Don Amott Stadium, Station Road, Mickleover, DE3 9FB
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a grass surface, a drink
Tuesday 31 July
Tuesday 7 August
Tuesday 14 August
Tuesday 21 August
Tuesday 28 August
Tuesday 4 September

Mossley
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Venue: The Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Oldham, OL8 3JH
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G surface, a drink
Monday 30th July
Tuesday 31st July
Monday 6th August
Tuesday 7th August
Monday 13th August
Tuesday 16th August
Monday 20th August
Tuesday 21st August
Tuesday 28th August
Monday 3rd September
Tuesday 4th September

Ossett United
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Venue: Ossett Albion AFC, Dimple Wells, Ossett, WF5 8RN
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G surface, a drink
Tuesday 31st July
Tuesday 7th August
Tuesday 14th August
Tuesday 21st August
Tuesday 28th August
Tuesday 4th September

Radcliffe
Time: 9.30am to 11.30am
Venue: Radcliffe FC, Stainton Park, Coleshaw Close East, Off Pilkington Road, Radcliffe, M26 3PE
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G surface, a drink
Monday 30 July
Wednesday 1 August
Monday 6 August
Wednesday 8 August
Monday 13 August
Wednesday 15 August
Monday 20 August
Wednesday 22 August
Wednesday 29 August
Monday 3 September
Wednesday 5 September

Sutton Coldfield Town
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Sutton Coldfield Town FC, Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1NL
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G surface, a drink
Tuesday 31 July
Tuesday 7 August
Tuesday 14 August
Tuesday 21 August
Tuesday 28 August
Tuesday 4 September

Warrington Town
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Venue: Warrington Town FC, Cantilever Park, Commons Lane, Warrington, WA4 2RS
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G surface, a drink
Friday 27th July
Friday 3rd August
Thursday 9th August
Friday 17th August (University of Warrington, Insall Road, Warrington, WA2 0LN)
Friday 24th August
Friday 31st August
Friday 7th September

Widnes
Time: 12pm to 1.30pm
Venue: Prescot Soccer Centre, Warrington Road, Prescot, L35 5AD
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G surface, a drink
Monday 30 July
Wednesday 1 August
Monday 6 August
Wednesday 8 August
Monday 13 August
Wednesday 15 August
Monday 20 August
Wednesday 22 August
Wednesday 29 August
Friday 31 August
Monday 3 September
Wednesday 5 September

Witton Albion
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Sandbach Community Football Centre, Hind Heath Road, Sandbach, CW11 3LZ
Items to bring: Training kit, shin pads, boots suitable for a 3G surface, a drink
Friday 3 August
Thursday 9 August
Friday 17 August
Friday 24 August
Friday 31 August
Friday 7 September

Images courtesy of nplfa.co.uk

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