East Durham College & Hartlepool United Partner to Launch Football Shadow Squad
Tue, 07/05/2019 - 12:58
Are you a young footballer looking for an opportunity? Well, you just found it - we're delighted to announce that East Durham College is partnering up with Hartlepool United to launch a Shadow Squad, giving more opportunities to talented young footballers in our region than ever before.
The new Shadow Squad will give young footballers age 16-19 studying at East Durham College the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Hartlepool United First Team and youth team players, who already use East Durham College's Peterlee campus facilities as their training ground.
This exciting new partnership comes with a whole host of benefits for students of EDC, including:
- Being regularly watched by Hartlepool United scouts
- Up to 8 hours of coaching, every week by UEFA-qualifed coaches including former Pools star Gus Di Lella, and former Sunderland defender Darren Holloway
- Regular reviews of the Shadow Squad, with the potential to be recruited into the Hartlepool United Youth team
- Periodic coaching from Hartlepool United's First-Team Manager
- The chance to play at the Super 6 Stadium
With this course, students have a clear pathway towards potentially playing one day for the Hartlepool United first team, and truly launching a career for themselves in professional football.
That's not all though! Students will also get the following benefits too:
- Training kit jointly branded by East Durham College and HUFC
- A FREE Hartlepool United Season ticket
- Membership to East Durham College's Impact Gym and Fitness Centre
- Access to onsite physiotherapy
- FREE Arriva bus to travel to and from college
The Shadow Squad opportunity is available to students studying any course at East Durham Collge - they do not need to be studying a sports programme to be eligible.