Monday 6 May 2019

NEWS: Dual Career Academy trials announced

Open trials for Elite Women’s Football Programme in conjunction with Bridgwater and Taunton College.

The trials for our Dual Career Academy ran in partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College and University Centre Somerset have been set for 29th May 2019. This excellent programme gives talented female footballers between the ages of 16 and 21 the opportunity to train and study full time.

Dual career athletes will be coached for a minimum of 14 hours a week through on-pitch and off-pitch training and football education whilst also receiving an outstanding education at Bridgwater and Taunton College or University Centre Somerset. This education can be in any course the college provide and their prospectus can be found here.

Lee Burch, First Team Head Coach, said of the programme, “Our joint aim is to ensure that each student-athlete reaches their potential, both academically and in football. In our first season in the dual-career league we have seen the academy girls train alongside the first team every week. This has led to seven of the squad being called up on merit to be part of my first team squad on a Sunday, and one [Erin Bloomfield] scoring her first senior goal in The SSE Women’s FA Cup. I feel we are creating something special at the club and this academy is a major part of that.”

Team BTC Manager Mason Galloway commented, “I’m really excited about the dual-career academy and pathway for girls’ and women’s football we are forging here at BTC/UCS in partnership with the club. The education part we provide is of the highest quality and the programme has been well received by our external auditors, including the education inspectors. We recognise the importance of dual-career status and the additional support and flexibility we need to provide. It is because of this we are recognised as a Dual Career Accredited Centre by Talented Athlete Support Services (TASS).”


Registration for this exciting opportunity is open and be found here