City of Bath College has teamed up with Premier League football club Southampton to further the careers of talented young players.

The Southampton Football Academy was launched this month giving 14 students the chance to combine their football development with academic studies on a two-year programme.

The talented youngsters, aged 16 to 19, were chosen for their football ability, with many having previously played for youth teams such at Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town and Swindon Town.

Course leader and personal tutor Paul Blenkinsopp said: “It’s great opportunity for the students to experience what it’s like to train and study like actual youth team players at any professional club.

“We are hoping to help nurture the football stars of the future.”

The first cohort of talented football players selected for the new Southampton Football Club Academy