Feb 7 2013 by Rob Pattinson, Ormskirk Advertiser
BURSCOUGH Football Club has announced plans to create a new community football academy alongside its ambitious new stadium bid.
The academy would offer BTec sports qualifications for 16 to 18 year- olds.
Initially two sets of 26 youngsters – boys and girls – would be brought in, with the scheme earmarked to launch this Summer. It is expected to create an initial four jobs, rising to 12 as the academy expands.
Should the new stadium complex be greenlit, the academy would be housed there, and would incorporate classrooms and teaching facilities.
Until then, the Advertiser understands, the club is planning a link-up with West Lancashire College.
Burscough FC chairman Gary Wright said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Burscough FC to create an exciting new future for the club and provide football training and recognised qualifications to the local youth. We need to be successful with the current planning application as the existing facilities are inadequate and the new stadium, with proposed all-weather pitches, will ensure we have the classroom space and pitches that we need to set up this academy.”
The club said Burscough youth teams will benefit from the new facility, in which up-and-coming young players can continue their training and gain recognised qualifications. Owner Martin Gilchrist said scouts would be seeking out the most talented youngsters not offered deals at Premier League clubs and inviting them to join the academy, with a view to blooding them in the first team.