Lincoln City are celebrating the launch of their new the Lincoln City Football Academy for Women, which will provide a boost for females aged 16 to 18 who are aspiring to have a career in football.
Recruited academy players will be on a full-time 2-year scholarship accessing at least 12 hours training and support each week from UEFA B qualified Lincoln City coaches, whilst representing the Lincoln City FC in regional and national competitions. Starting in time for September 2021, this will form an integral part of the female player pathway, with the added value of industry expertise.
Academy players will be studying towards a Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-Levels), ensuring they not only excel on the pitch, but also underpin that skill with knowledge about the sport that could lead to a career on or off the pitch.
The aim of the Lincoln City Football Academy for Women is to help young players maximise their potential in football and in their education. It will put well-being and personal development at the heart of the academy curriculum. Lincoln City Foundation will have an aim to develop well-rounded individuals as well as high quality players.
Raj Randhawa, Head of Community at Lincoln City Foundation said:
“This is really exciting news, especially with the female game growing each year with more players entering the game at grassroots levels and the successful establishment of the Lincoln City Women’s team.”
“This is something we’ve been working on for a while and it’s fantastic that we are now in a position to launch the academy.”
"Lincoln City Football Academy for Women will be a unique offer for Lincolnshire with the vision to help the Lincoln City Women first team attract the best up and coming players in the area.”
Lincoln City are connected into a professional football network, including some of the top women’s football teams in the UK to generate scouting opportunities for players to allow them to excel in their footballing career after they have graduated from the academy.
Martin Ryder, Chair of Lincoln City Women FC says,
“The launch of the Lincoln City Football Academy for Women is a great step towards raising the profile of women’s football in the area. It gives opportunities for young women in Lincolnshire to seriously consider football as a career. I am keen to see what this will do to progress the sport in 2021 and beyond"
A student and parent information evening is planned for the New Year with trials for the new academy taking place in Spring 2021. From there, players will be offered places for the upcoming programme with pre-season training during the summer. Female Year 11 students can register their interest on the foundation website to receive trial information from today.
For further information or to register your interest in the Lincoln City Football Academy for Women, visit, https://www.lincolncityfoundation.com/lincoln-city-academy-for-women or email firstname.lastname@example.org.