Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead Ready to Go Back to College; TWO PAGES OF JUNIOR FOOTBALL NEWS AND PICTURES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead Ready to Go Back to College; TWO PAGES OF JUNIOR FOOTBALL NEWS AND PICTURES

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YOUNG footballers looking for their big break are to benefit as one of the region's leading sports colleges teams up with Tyne and Wear's only Blue Square Conference Premier team.

The partnership between Gateshead Football Club and Gateshead College's Academy for Sport will provide more opportunities for young players to make the transition from college to professional football.

Players on the college's Football Scholarship Programme will also benefit from fitness training and development programmes developed by Gateshead FC and the college's professional coaching team.

Alan Snowdon, head of sport at Gateshead College, said: "We are always exploring opportunities to create partnerships with leading sports organisations and local clubs to provide the best possible opportunities for our students.

"Through this new partnership our scholarship and other Football Academy students will receive coaching and fitness development from Gateshead FC.

"The club will work closely with our teams with the aim of developing a talented pool of young players."

The programme was launched by Newcastle United legend Peter Beardsley and started in September at the Academy for Sport, which is at Gateshead Stadium.

It is open to 16-year-olds who have once played for a professional club and provides young talent with a second chance to develop their game through professional coaching and pursue a career in football.

Gateshead FC, now just one promotion away from a return to the Football League, will go fully professional in the 2010/11 season.

Two former Gateshead College players have already been signed by the team. Alex Francis, 19, joined the club earlier this year after scoring the winning goal in the national college cup final.

Steven Richardson, 23, signed over the summer from Durham City where he was top marksman for the past three seasons, scoring 100 goals. …

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