Academy can stop youngsters from slipping out of football

Worksop Town Junior Football Club launched a new mini soccer school on Saturday for young future football stars aged 5 to 7 years old, with the help of Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw and first team players , Leon Mettam, Jack Muldoon, Conor Higginson and Jake Scott
Worksop Town Junior Football Club launched a new mini soccer school on Saturday for young future football stars aged 5 to 7 years old, with the help of Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw and first team players , Leon Mettam, Jack Muldoon, Conor Higginson and Jake Scott

Tigers skipper Jake Scott believes the club’s new football academy could stop local youngsters from leaving the sport prematurely.

Scott, who was released by Barnsley in 2013, is forging a career both on and off the field with Tigers, and will coach in the academy.

The midfielder hopes to help others resurrect their dreams: “It’s a massive opportunity for local talent as well as players getting released from local pro clubs, to go on and be full-time youth footballers and earn a very credible BTEC Diploma in Sport, which is what I achieved at Barnsley.”

“I know plenty of lads that would have loved this chance when they were 16 years old.”

“There are too many good young players slipping through the system at grass roots level, as well as at pro clubs.”

“We aim to give those players a chance to prove to people that they are good enough to go on and play football, or to go to university.”

Aiming to complete his FA coaching qualifications and eyeing a university degree, Scott is also targeting success for the club who took him in after his departure from the professional game.

“This is a massive stepping stone in my coaching career, giving me a platform to work from in improving myself as a coach but also mainly helping Worksop be successful with their first team and their new academy,” he added.

“The academy is another positive stepping stone in getting this football club back to where it belongs.”

“As everyone knows the club has had its struggles over the past nine or so months and we have come out the other side growing from strength to strength.”

The ultimate aim for Tigers is to churn out promising footballers, but the education side will give kidssomething to fall back on.

Scott said: “I hope it will all lead to Worksop Town producing excellent local talent who go on to achieve great things, whether that be in football or at higher education.”

“It’s a great opportunity for young budding players to stay within the game full-time working, on their game while coming out with highly recognised qualifications.”

If you would like to join the academy email a personal CV and a football CV to wtfcacademy.enquiries@gmail.com