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Newark Football Clubs holds open day for its education-based academy on Saturday

A football club will hold its first open day on Saturday ahead of the launch of its new education-based academy.

The academy will be led by former Notts County and Ivory Coast international Francois Zoko and offers BTEC level one to three in sport and sport science.

Zoko featured for Flowserve at the end of last season. Credit: Ben Cuerden(35521027)
Zoko featured for Flowserve at the end of last season. Credit: Ben Cuerden(35521027)

Zoko, 36, said he hoped the course would bridge the gap between youth football and senior football, while also offering an educational route.

“At Newark Football Club academy we aim to ensure all students not only learn through their lessons and football coaching, but also enjoy their time with us, and express their personality through their football,” he said.

“From my experience, and as head of academy, it is important to ensure each student is prepared and equipped for life after the academy and this can only be achieved by giving them a solid educational and football foundation.”

Club chairman Gary Clarke said: “We have had really good interest from students and players.

“We want to encourage some of the students who would maybe go to Boston (United) or to Grantham (Town) that we are here, in your town and you will be representing your town.

“The clear thing we want to offer is a pathway from juniors to senior football and there is a possibility you can go from the academy and into the first team."

The open day takes place from 11am at Lowfields across two sessions with social distancing.

For more information contact academy@newarkfootball.club or on 07752 153388.

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