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