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Newark Football Club strikes educational deal with Newark College

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Newark FC has partnered with Newark College to help provide educational pathways for its footballers.

The club’s football academy, established by former professional player and Newark coach Francois Zoko, aims to provide young athletes and students with an environment to achieve their potential both academically and in sport.

Stuart Reddington and Francois Zoko (49150199)
Stuart Reddington and Francois Zoko (49150199)

The new partnership will provide a platform for academy students to realistically progress on to first-team football with Newark Football Club (formerly Newark Flowserve FC) through training full-time four days a week, including competing at AoC Sport Regional Championship-level.

From September 2021, students will be matched on to level one to three Btec Sport options at Newark College and combine their four days of football with a full-time college programme.

Stuart Reddington, head of sport and service sector at the Lincoln College Group, which includes Newark College, said: “We are really excited to have confirmed a partnership alongside Newark FC, who are the number one football club in the town of Newark, competing at step five of the Non-League football pyramid.

“This provides a fantastic opportunity initially for 16-19 male students of Newark and wider-Nottinghamshire to combine a high-quality full-time study programme at Newark College with a high-quality full-time football programme managed by Newark FC academy and their academy manager, Francois Zoko.

Stuart, who is also a former professional footballer, believed the collaboration could lead to great opportunities within the sport.

“We feel strongly that we are able to provide the perfect environment both at the college, and through the football club, utilising the fantastic facilities at YMCA Newark, to develop dual-professionals ready for employment and/or further study in the sport and leisure sector.

“They’ll stand a very realistic chance of playing a high-level of semi-professional football with playing pathways into the Newark FC first team, and elsewhere upon graduation.”

Head of Newark Football Club Academy, Zoko, said: “Newark Football Club Academy is set as a bridge between grassroot football and professional academic football.

“Our academy is designed to give the best possible opportunities to talented young players between 16-19 years old.

“We are really delighted that the two important names of the Newark town community, are now working together to give the best possible chances to local and wider Nottinghamshire young players. Together we will provide a real and solid pathway to a career within football and the sport world, whether this is as a professional, semi-professional athlete or in a role supporting athletes within the industries.”

To find out more email francois.zoko@newarkfootball.club

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