A new sporting partnership has been announced this week, with the Centre of Sporting Excellence at Cronton Sixth Form joining forces with Widnes Football Club to create a new pathway for young football players to gain an education whist having access to increased training and playing opportunities at the college.
The new programme will be launched at the college’s Open Evening on Thursday 1st February and anyone who is interested is encouraged to come along to speak to the team and representatives from the club between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Cronton Sixth Form.
Left to Right: Iain Douglas, Sam Price, Kevin Towey, Jack Cousins, Ian Ross
Keen footballers who are studying A level and Vocational programmes at the college will now have the opportunity to take part in two training sessions per week, alongside extra strength and conditioning sessions and a midweek football game. The college plans to develop two college football teams and introduce a new female development team as part of the Centre in Sporting Excellence.
The exciting partnership will mean football will become a larger focus for the Centre of Excellence in Sport at the college. With the help of the coaching team at Widnes FC, the college will have the opportunity to provide both male and female students with professional support alongside the potential to play for the Widnes first team, as Widnes coaches will be on hand to select possible future stars.
Sport degree students at the college will be able to make use of their new skills and the state of the art facilities in the new sports lab in the IDEA Centre, working with players in the first team to enhance their sporting potential and performance on the pitch.
Chairman of Widnes FC and Managing Director of Hallmark Security Ltd, Ian Ross was joined by joint first team Manager, Kevin Towey when they visited Cronton Sixth Form this week to complete the final details of the partnership with the sports team and meet some of the current footballers at the college.
Ian said, “I’m naturally delighted about us agreeing to this partnership between Widnes FC and Cronton College. It’s been on the agenda since last year, and in the true meaning of partnership it has been driven by both parties, and I’m certain the college are as excited about it as we are.
“The club are embarking on a new chapter in our short history over the coming months, and to have this link up now couldn’t have come at a better time for either party. I’d like to place on record a special thanks to Mark Brennan and Iain Douglas from the college who have worked alongside us to get everything agreed, and look forward to continued success for both of us over the coming years.”
Iain Douglas, Head of School (Sport and Public Services) at Cronton said, “The partnership with Widnes FC and our Centre of Sporting Excellence Football Team will provide players with a realistic opportunity to be selected to play at a higher level whilst studying there chosen academic programme at the College. The players will get access to high level coaching From Widnes FC & our Coaches that will significantly improve the player’s technical, tactical and psychological performance levels. We are really looking forward to working with such a professional, ambitious club who are looking for continuous improvement.”