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Bracknell Town Partnership

10/12/2018, 4:45pm BST
By GPS Media

Academy to be Launched

Global Premier Soccer UK (GPS) are excited to announce a partnership with Bracknell Town Football Club (BTFC) and the launch of the BTFC Academy.

The BTFC Academy is a full time education and football programme for student-athletes aged 16yrs to 18yrs wishing to combine their studies with a full time professional football environment.  The BTFC Academy will kick-off for the 2019/20 academic year and playing season and become the pinnacle of the already established BTFC youth teams, creating true player development model. 

Student-players enrolled in the BTFC Academy will have the ability to study the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Level 3 (A-Level equivalence), gain FA Coaching Qualifications, as well as GCSE in Mathematics and English.  

The BTFC Academy will be powered by GPS UK.  GPS UK are part of a larger Global Premier Soccer network; In North America GPS encompasses 26 US states, 3 Canadian provinces, and countries in the Caribbean.  And in Europe GPS are international technical partners of Valencia CF, and active in Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria.  GPS UK will enhance all aspects of BTFC and via its International Technical Partnership with Valence CF will provide BTFC Academy students-athletes and coaches exciting opportunities to learn from a European giant that has produced many world class players. This partnership gives us access to curriculum as well as technical visits from expert Valencia CF staff throughout the season.

GPS UK will provide BTFC Academy student-players a pathway into higher education at universities, employment and coaching placements throughout its global network, further playing opportunities into the professional game, as well as playing opportunities and scholarship placement into the collegiate system in the USA.

BTFC Academy will also have the ability to host International student-athletes from throughout GPS global network. 

"BTFC are one of the most forward thinking and progressive non-league clubs in England.  The development of the Larges Lane stadium makes it one of the best facilities around and is a statement of ambition".  Commented Neil Holloway, GPS UK Director.  "BTFC’s plans to build a multi-purpose sports and leisure campus at Ranelagh School, along with the overall regeneration happening in Bracknell as a Town makes it very exciting time for their community.  BTFC have the facilities and ability to be one of the best academies and club at their respective level in the country’.

The recent transformation at BTFC has seen a dramatic improvement across the club, both on and off the pitch. Our latest state-of-the-art 3G pitch has allowed us to expand to approaching 40 youth teams across all ages. Our youth section has evolved from playing Saturday mornings to having teams playing on Sundays in the Surrey Youth League and the exclusive JPL League on Saturdays and the U18 Allied Counties League.

“We are proud to partner with GPS on this exciting educational programme with the launch of the BTFC Academy. This is a big step forward for the club and the local community, and is geared to providing a high class educational and sports facility”, said Kayne Steinborn-Busse Chairman Bracknell Town Football Club.  “Our partners in this project all share the same vision, that is, to allow students to continue on their football and educational pathway by opening doors to higher education, coaching and to further their development as players”.

Following last season’s promotion to the Bostik South Central Division BTFC senior men’s team are continuing the clubs vision and are looking to make strides up the football pyramid. Whilst it is early stages in this process they are currently on track and remain unbeaten in the league for the 2018/2019 season.

BTFC Academy first set of trial dates will be during the October half term week.

For more information on the BTFC Academy visit: http://www.bracknelltownfc.com

Player/student enquiries for the BTFC Academy should email: ricky@bracknelltownfc.com or call BTFC mainline: 01344 412305.

For more information on GPS visit: https://www.globalpremiersoccer.co.uk

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