The Sheffield College has launched an academy for up and coming foreign talent seeking to combine academic qualifications with football training.

The FM Sports Academy at Hillsborough College, part of The Sheffield College, has been setup with Sports Etudes in Paris to offer 20 places for 16 to 20 year-olds.

The foreign students can choose to study BTEC diplomas, A-levels, foundation degrees and English courses, while receiving daily coaching and competitive games versus semi-professional clubs. Phil Wymer, a foundation programme leader at Hillsborough College and director of the academy, said: “These students are very talented and want to sharpen their style and tactics, and develop potential opportunities with local football clubs.

“There’s also the appeal of Sheffield being the city of sport and a good tradition at Hillsborough College of delivering sports courses and training.”

The college has links with Dinnington Town FC and will be able to offer students the chance to compete in trials at professional clubs such as Manchester City Football Club.

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