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New post-16 Academy Announced for Lancaster City FC

2 weeks ago By Shane Hudson

Lancaster City Football Club is delighted to announce the creation of a brand new Academy programme, due to start September 2018.

The Academy will offer a post-16 programme, combining football and academic provision, in partnership with Myerscough College.

The football club met with numerous stakeholders in the planning process and made the decision to partner up with Myerscough due to their outstanding academic performance, state of the art football and sport facilities and track record of producing footballing talent that have played at a high level in the non-league and professional game.

You only need to look as far as Hannu Tam, and Danny Shearwood before him, to see the calibre of player Myerscough can develop and nurture within their settings, that have already featured for the 1st team at Lancaster City FC. In addition to this a number of former Myerscough students have featured for Lancaster City before going on to turn professional, Alex Kenyon, Rhys Taylor and Joe Bunney to name just a few.

“The track record Myerscough have for developing talent and players who can step up to the level required and beyond is phenomenal. You see Hannu in our 1st team, alongside others who have featured for city, alongside players who have gone on to play professionally, all with connections to Myerscough and Lancaster City FC, which make the partnership a no-brainer” said Shane Hudson.

As part of the clubs development strategy, the post-16 educational Academy was the next logical step in our players pathway to ensure young players are offered the opportunity to play for Lancaster City FC.

1st Team Manager Phil Brown said “Following on from the successful set-up of the Lancaster City FC Development Centres which are run in partnership with Orange Soccer at a junior age range, the Academy was the next logical step. The post-16 Academy students will then be in a position where they can progress into the Reserve team and try to break into the First team at the pinnacle of the pathway.”

The Academy will see the players blend a BTEC Academic Course at Level 2 or 3 with their footballing education, training and participation in matches for Lancaster City FC in the College league system and also in the FA Youth Cup.

The bulk of the course will be run from the exceptional facilities at Myerscough College with offshoot activity and some competitive fixtures taking place at Giant Axe.

In addition, enabling us to continue with our developing links with the Isle of Man and the Isle of Man FA, Myerscough is able to offer accommodation to students who wish to live on campus, enabling players from the Island who wish to be part of the Academy the logistical opportunity to be part of this exciting new venture.

“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership, the Academy and yet another vital strand to the club’s player pathway and development strategy, we look forward to seeing the final building blocks now fall into place ready for commencement in September 2018.” – Shane Hudson, General Manager.

We will be holding a number of advice evenings on the following dates for potential students and parents to find out more and ask questions at:


Advice evening 1 will be on TUESDAY 20TH MARCH 2018,
advice evening 2 will be on TUESDAY 12TH APRIL 2018,
with a further advice event to be held at Myerscough College on a date to be confirmed.

If you are a current Year 11 school leaver or you’d like to register your interest or get more information on the Academy, please email General Manager, Shane Hudson on who will be able to answer your questions and guide you in the right direction.

Details of how to apply will follow shortly.

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