Stockport College Partners with Stockport County Football Club
The College will work closely with the academy’s Education Director Bob MacCallum and Academy Manager Damien Allen to provide players with the very best educational provision.
The College will officially begin work with the club from September 2021 and the initial contract will be for a period of two years.
The club has built its acclaimed academy initially through the work of Alan Lord, and continues to grow through the leadership of Damien and Bob alongside the coaching, education, and support staff. The on field and education success has seen expansion of the scheme over the last three years, and through its popularity it has become a destination for talented young players.
The Academy has a proven track record of success year on year in helping students to get to University, in preparing them for the workplace, and in improving them as footballers. It has helped young players to become top professional footballers, and has also supported players who have successfully gone into the USA University system after gaining Scholarships.
The Stockport College partnership is an exciting leap forward for the club, and indeed the town, as it will encompass a local sport and education partnership. The Academy teams will play, train, and educate full time at two fantastic football facilities in Stockport Sports Village and Box Football.
A particularly exciting development will be the inclusion of talented female footballers in the academy programme for the first time from September. The club are committed to the longevity and success of the Stockport County Ladies’ team, and this is a further addition to the recent developments that have moved the female set-up forward.
County Academy’s Education Director, Bob MacCallum said:
“Academic success and sporting excellence are equally fundamental for our new partnership to succeed. As such, we needed an education partner who was ambitious and forward thinking, and Stockport College’s recent merger with Trafford College means we are now a part of an exciting new era for education in the local area.
“I am very excited to start the new programme in September, and confident that we will provide existing students and our new recruits with a truly outstanding football and education programme. Including the first group of female players is an important step forward and will give talented girls in the local area a fantastic opportunity.’
James Scott, Principal and Chief Executive of The Trafford College Group said:
“We are delighted to partner with Stockport County on this exciting new programme. The club’s philosophy of making sure players focus on their education as much as their football will mean that, together, we can help prepare young people to be a success wherever their career leads them.
“As an inclusive college we also share the club’s desire and commitment to making sure this fantastic pathway is open to girls and boys from any part of our community.”
Ex-Stockport County player and Academy Manager, Damien Allen said:
“This is a partnership that shows the fantastic progress the club has made behind the scenes in improving its facilities, staff, pathways, games programme, and education to provide the best experience and opportunities for young players.
“It’s no wonder young players want to play their football at Stockport County’s academy, and for two of the biggest local organisations to get together, to educate and train young players aged 16-18 is great news for the club, the college, the town and, of course, for the young players, and I cannot see anything but success for everyone involved.”
Stockport County Ladies’ Manager, Ronnie Green said:
‘Firstly, I would like to thank Stockport County for creating this opportunity for girls aged 16-19, which offers a great platform for young female players in and around the Stockport area to enjoy a life changing pathway in football.
“At Stockport County Ladies we have an U18’s team, a Development Squad and the 1st team, who currently play in the 4th tier of the women’s game. This programme will give the girls a great opportunity and pathway in football and even open the door for other careers in the game. It will not only be big for the town and the community coming together, but it will also bring exciting times for the club as a whole in the future.’