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The NPL Football Academy is delighted to announce that Evo-Stik League newcomers Runcorn Linnets have joined the programme taking the number of clubs to sixteen.

The newly-promoted EVO-STIK League outfit feel it’s the right time and next step to try to host such an initiative with the league’s concept and development football programme being the perfect vehicle.

Linnets’ recently-appointed chairman, Mike Bignall said: “Runcorn has always been a football town and we have some great schools with fantastic sporting backgrounds. Being able to offer a further education pathway to local students as well as members of our junior teams is amazing for both us and our town.

“The students can also progress on to a degree course which again is providing our youngsters with a fantastic opportunity.”

Bignall added: “It’s not just the level 3 course on offer but also a level 2 course.

“We are excited to see if we can complete the next stage of our infrastructure.”

An NPLFA spokesperson added: “We are thrilled Runcorn Linnets have joined. We have enrolled five new clubs for the 2019-2020 season and we have one club left to enrol (which will be announced shortly) and this will complete our intake of clubs.

“The recent demand has been staggering but shows we are trying to set up, run and develop a programme at all our clubs in the right way.

“The Linnets have a real commitment to developing youth which should encourage local youngsters to join the programme.

“From a club’s point of view, it costs nothing either financially or in time to see if we can establish such a programme at their football club. As with every club, we will be working hard to try and create a successful programme.”

Recruitment will begin in September for the new Year 11 students with the programme starting the following September 2019.

Interested students born in 2002 or 2003 can pre-apply HERE.

Welcome Runcorn!

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