Academy set up at Thame United

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THAME United have announced they will be running an academy which will give youngsters the equivalent of three A-levels.

It is available to all players who have finished their GCSEs and will involve them having two hours of expert training a day alongside their school studies.

The project is in partnership with Lord Williams’s School and will begin in September.

Assistant manager at the club Frank Thompson said: “It will hopefully work as a feeder club for the first team as well, it will move the whole club up a level as we will be able to develop players which can make it into the first team.”

A similar academy already exists at near neighbours Oxford United and Thompson is hoping Thame’s will be just as successful.

He said: “We are going to start off with a manageable number of about 15 but that will double next year and then we can have a steady flow of players come through.”

Students will come out of the two-year course having studied NVQ level three in football coaching and the chance to gain FA level one and two football coaching qualifications.

For more information, or to apply email frank.thompson@thamefootball.co.uk