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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Furness College in Barrow sets goal to hone future Sir Alex Fergusons and Jose Mourinhos

POTENTIAL future Sir Alex Fergusons, Jose Mourinhos and emerging talented footballers are benefiting from new sports schemes at a £43m Barrow college.

Furness College’s newly established football academy is aiming to give its footballers the opportunity to work towards professional football coaching qualifications.

Furness College Football Academy was set up in September to offer talented footballers higher level coaching to develop their skills and it sees them compete in the British College’s League for the first time.

The sports students train on the 3G pitches at college’s transformed campus and they play their home games at Barrow AFC’s Holker Street ground.

Dan Myles is the Furness College Football Academy coach who delivers training to improve the team’s football skills and knowledge.

Mr Myles is also developing the academy programme which includes looking to offer students the chance to work toward gaining The Football Association Level One Coaching Certificate , through Football Association representatives locally.

Mr Myles, who is also a coach with both Barrow AFC Performance Centre with the under-18s and InsideOut Soccer, said: “We are encouraging students at Furness College who are interested in football to get extra coaching at a higher level.

“I’m looking to work with Lancashire FA to take the students through the level one course so they can get a professional coaching as part of the football academy.”

The aim would then be for the students to assist with coaching in the community.

Mr Myles said ultimately the academy wants to get students to play for Barrow AFC and other clubs. One rising star of the Furness College Football Academy is Michael Thomson, 17, who has already made first team appearance with the Bluebirds.

Paula Eddy, curriculum manager for sport, Prince’s Trust and public services, at the college said: “Dan’s new post is an exciting development for the college.

“Having the academy as part of our sports curriculum means we will be offering recognised coaching certificates to develop football coaches and talented players for the future.

“Students receive high quality and specialised football coaching and compete in football fixtures out of Barrow. They really enjoy this addition to their main sports course.”

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