Seal of approval for Notts County’s pathway academy at Hucknall Rolls

MAGPIES LINK -- the new Notts County pathway academy at Hucknall has been given the official seal of approval.
MAGPIES LINK -- the new Notts County pathway academy at Hucknall has been given the official seal of approval.

Notts County have finally given the official seal of approval to an exciting new youth-football academy to be set up at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club in Hucknall.

The launch of the pathway academy, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, was delayed last month by the sacking of first-team manager Shaun Derry.

But even though the Magpies are still seriously threatened by relegation from Sky Bet League One, the club have announced that the Rolls project will go ahead.

The Notts County Pathway Academy (NCPA) will offer 16-to-18-year-olds the opportunity to enjoy a first-class education, as well as a dream pathway into professional football.

It will recruit youngsters who wish to pursue a career in spheres such as sport and leisure, physiotherapy, sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, fitness, personal training and coaching.

And at the end of a two-year course, based at Rolls, at least one of the students will be offered a full professional contract at Notts County.

North Notts College, of Worksop, has been confirmed as the scheme’s educational partner to ensure recognised qualifications.

A full launch will be announced later, but for now, more details on how to apply to get involved can be obtained from Rolls’s director of football, Jamie Brough, at jamie.brough@rrleisure.co.uk