First trial dates for Hartlepool United’s innovative football academy

Dyke House Sports and Technology College Executive Head Andrew Jordan with Hartlepool United players Luke James (left) and Brad Walker

Dyke House Sports and Technology College Executive Head Andrew Jordan with Hartlepool United players Luke James (left) and Brad Walker

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TRIALS are set to be held early next month for an innovative new football academy for talented teenagers.

Hartlepool United recently announced the formation of a new Elite Development Academy which will give boys and girls the chance to work towards their footballing dreams.

(left to right) Dyke House Sports and Technology College Executive Head Andrew Jordan with Hartlepool United players Brad Walker and Luke James along with manager Colin Cooper

(left to right) Dyke House Sports and Technology College Executive Head Andrew Jordan with Hartlepool United players Brad Walker and Luke James along with manager Colin Cooper

The new scheme will see 16 to 18-year-olds given the opportunity to continue with their education at Dyke House Sports & Technology College, in Mapleton Road, while also gaining access to professional football training at the club.

Now academy officials have released details of the first trials to be held.

A spokesman said: “With the initiative launched, we’re on the look-out for a group of talented footballers to join the Academy.

“We’ll be holding trials for both boys and girls at Dyke House, in Mapleton Road, Hartlepool, on Thursday, July 3, from 4pm onwards.”

Once successfully enrolled on the academy, students can look forward to working towards a wide variety of A Levels and a BTEC in sport science, alongside being part of the Hartlepool United Elite Development Academy.

Speaking at the launch in May, Russ Green, Pools’ chief executive, said: “We’re all very excited about this new venture and are confident it will prove a huge success.

“The students will all be given access to the highest quality of football coaching and at the same time be able to gain a first-class education at Dyke House.

“The Elite Development Academy will be an important part of our football club and we will make sure they feel a part of it by ensuring regular interaction with our first team players and youth team squad.”

The launch event was held at Pools’ Victoria Park ground and also attended by manager Colin Cooper and Andrew Jordon, executive principal at Dyke House.

Meanwhile, Pools’ very own talented teens Brad Walker, 18, and 19-year-old Luke James were also there to illustrate to those youngsters who dream of being a professional footballer that it could become a reality.

The course is open to boys and girls, with 20 places available for both genders.

Academy bosses say the minimum entry requirements are five A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and maths.

For more information about the Academy or to apply for a trial, contact head of college Andrew Murphy at Dyke House by emailing amurphy1@dykehouse.hartlepool.sch.uk or calling 07835 580532.