ASPIRING footballers will get to enjoy a new training programme at Bracknell Town Football Club's academy.

Bracknell and Wokingham College is launching a new Football Academy which will see students learning and practicing at the club's training grounds.

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The partnership includes two new collaborative full-time programmes, including a Level 2 and Level 3 diploma in football.

Ross Weatherstone, director of recruitment and education at Bracknell Town Football Club said: “Our programme at Bracknell Town Football Club is designed for students that have completed their GCSEs.

“If you fall into that category and have a passion for football alongside a full-time education and development programme, Bracknell Town Football Club is a great environment that will help you to develop in the classroom and on the pitch.

As part of the programme with Bracknell Town Football Club, students will be able to play football daily, gaining The Football Association (FA) coaching qualifications and skills required for a career in sport.

Practical coaching will be on offer as well as work experience delivered by UEFA qualified academy coaches.

Students can get involved in a full timetable of classes, football training and a match day on Wednesday.

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Ross added: “This is an exciting project, where young people in Bracknell can interact with internationals students. This gives a great cultural and social dynamic to what is being offered, giving local young people the chance to create new friendships with people all over the world.”

Nancy Buckley, career pathway director at Activate Learning, said: “Our Sport Academy programmes at Activate Learning are crucial in helping students achieve their semi-professional and professional sporting aspirations. They ensure a positive exit route - moving on to university, work or apprenticeships.