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Monday, 22 December 2014

Reds to teach tomorrow’s stars a lesson

By Martin Morgan

INSPIRATIONAL young keeper Adam Collin is to kick off a pioneering Workington Reds scheme for budding professional footballers which mixes soccer and schooling.

A two-year NVQ course will be launched at Lillyhall’s Lakes College in September, under which kids aged 16-19 will be given the chance to develop football skills AND broaden their work experience into other work areas within the leisure and learning sectors.

Penrith-based Collin, a former Newcastle United junior whose ability between the sticks has helped propel Reds to the top of the UniBond Premier Division, will administer the scheme.

Reds chairman Dale Brotherton said: “Adam has the sparkle, intelligence and commitment to run the programme.

“The syllabus was put in place by Ted Copeland, who used to work for the FA’s national set-up. Ted was a coach at Hartlepool United and has also worked abroad. His pedigree is second-to-none. This is an opportunity not to be missed.”

Students will learn advanced training techniques and the principles of attack and defence, as well as develop a knowledge of coaching, with the chance to take FA coaching courses.

Up to 40 youngsters will join the scheme, and Brotherton hopes one or two will filter through to Workington’s first-team each year.

Reds striker Craig Johnston, now a first-team regular after a long spell on the subs’ bench, was hailed as an example of what could be achieved.

“A lot of lads fell by the wayside because they didn’t have his conviction and strength of character to see it through,” Brotherton said.

Johnston, who has been struggling with an ankle injury for a couple of weeks, is back in contention for Saturday’s league trip to Bridlington.

For details on the college course phone 07977 759903 or 07835199625.

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