Students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have recently had two opportunities to learn how they could progress their futures in football.

The students recently heard a presentation by staff from Strachan Football Foundation when they were visited by Ryan Coneelly the academy’s head of football operations and football coach Lewis Hudson. During the talk the students learnt about the footballing and educational opportunities available to them with the academy once they leave school.

In addition, a group of twenty year 10 students took the opportunity to visit Rugby Town FC’s academy where they were put through their paces by assistant head coach Will Grocott. During the day the students took part in technical sessions with possession based drills, passing, shooting, switching of play, attacking decision making and movement off the ball. The students also learnt about game based scenarios and styles of play.

Both academies offer learners full time opportunity to train and play football whilst gaining nationally recognised qualification.

PE teacher Craig Hartfield, said “We are really greatful to the staff from both football academies for the time they’ve spent with our students. Many of the lads play football for local teams and a few play at county level. Meeting the academy staff has given them a great insight into how they can play football and gain qualifications once they leave school at the end of year 11”.

Alison Davies, headteacher added, “As a school we invest a lot of time and energy into providing a comprehensive careers programme to help our students make informed decision about their post-16 destinations. These two events have hopefully given some of our footballers a better idea of how they might progress in the future.”

Following the training session Will Grocott of RTFC academy tweeted a message to the school saying, “The boys were superb and a real credit to your school”.