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New Academy scholars welcomed at Wednesday

11 May 2015

The Sheffield Wednesday Academy has welcomed seven new apprentices to its scholarship programme and will start at the end of June.

The new scholars, who were accompanied by their parents, attended a special induction event in the Sheridan Suite at the ground where they enjoyed welcome presentations about the programme from key speakers.

The youth players, aged 16-18, will enjoy a two year course which combines football development, playing in the Under 18s professional development league combined with a range of sport and coaching courses to prepare for any future careers.

Welcoming the apprentices was Paul Bartlett, the regional officer for the League Football Education, who delivered a presentation in sporting excellence. Academy manager Dean Ramsdale and Lead Professional Development coach Steve Haslam also presented to the students outlining key areas of the course.

The majority of the new recruits have come through the Sheffield Wednesday ranks and will now look forward to playing at Under 18s level.

Dan Potts, Head of Education & Welfare at the Sheffield Wednesday Academy, said: “It’s always an exciting time to welcome new players and watch them develop through our professional programme. It was good to meet both the youth players and their parents at the induction event.
"We look forward to welcoming the new intake who look like they have a lot of potential for success on the scholarship.”

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