Dolly Blues part of new youth scheme

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Lancaster City are offering young footballers the opportunity to play competitive football and gain a qualification in sport.

In partnership with the newly created Northern Premier League Football Academy, the Dolly Blues will be one of 10 pilot clubs on the lookout for talented young players aged 16 to 18 who are committed to developing their football skills in a semi-professional academy league at the same time as they study to achieve a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in sport.

Whilst many youngsters are hopeful of playing football at a professional level, the programme will offer successful applicants a chance to play at a high standard whilst also acquiring skills that would enable them to pursue other pathways for a professional career in sport.

The scheme has been approved by the Football Association.

Trials for young hopefuls will take place with Lancaster City on Saturday, May 17 at 1pm at Lancaster University with the programme itself beginning in September 2014.

To sign up to the trials players should call 01524 382238, email barry.newsham@lancastercityfc.com or register at nplfootballacademy.co.uk

Several other teams across the Evo-Stik leagues are taking up the scheme and include FC United of Manchester, Leek Town, Mickleover Sports FC, Mossley FC, Radcliffe Borough and Witton Albion.

Around 200 places are available in total across the clubs.

Players are permitted to take part in trials with more than one club.