YORK City will run York College’s football programme after agreeing an expansion to their existing relationship.
City are taking over the programme from i2i Sports.
And under the partnership, aspirational footballers will now have the choice of joining the scholarship group at City or becoming part of the football programme at York College.
Joining the scholarship programme means players will become part of Tim Ryan’s youth team while studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Development at the college.
Players joining the York College Football Programme will have a choice of courses at York College while still being coached by a combination of professional football club staff.
The new partnership also allows the college to further professionalise its football offering to encompass the whole of their football programme including both men’s and women’s teams.
York chairman Jason McGill commented: “Having a son who has gone through the process of trying to play professionally while also gaining an education, I’m well aware of the difficulties that brings.
“From a parent’s perspective, this opportunity means that you’re not in the position of having to choose between pursuing a football career or an education because both run in tandem in this programme, so it’s a win-win for the parents and the players.
“From the football club’s perspective, this gives us the chance to work with significantly more young players than we currently do, particularly those who may have opted to take a purely educational route.”
Trials will be run on February 22 (Tuesday), 23 (Wednesday) and 25 (Friday) with women’s trials taking place in the mornings and men’s in the afternoons.