VLUK education partner, Northampton Town FC, have been praising their football and education programme. Keith Curle, Northampton Town’s Manager, is delighted with the club’s player pathway which is supported by VLUK through the education element of the academy.
Keith Curle, who became manager at Northampton Town just over a year ago, has given seven of VLUK’s current and former Academy players the opportunity to play in the first team.
Curle stated “I will not shy away from giving young players their opportunity when I feel they deserve it. The Academy and the Football & Education programme will be delighted with Tuesday evening. I spoke to (under 18s manager) Jon Brady on Monday and told him I was playing Scott Pollock and Shaun McWilliams together in midfield on Tuesday and Jon was made up for the boys. Everyone at the club has got a good understanding of their ability, their work ethic and the journey they have been on and are continuing to go on and we are very proud of them. Everyone in the Academy and the Football & Education programme should be very proud and relish in the hard work they have put in. When they see that work really benefitting the first team there is a real reward in that and it sends a big message out to young local players of the opportunities that exist at Northampton Town. Tuesday was a good night for the club on many levels.”
VLUK and Northampton Town FC have been working together on their study programmes for many years and more recently have been offering a higher education course (Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma) which allows students to further their education through the partnership. Scott Pollock decided to continue his education through the Higher National Diploma offered by Northampton and VLUK and is currently working exceptionally hard on both his education and football. Both parties are very proud that the strong relationship formed between them has helped students like Scott Pollock achieve their ambitions.
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