Sheffield United: Academy launches pioneering new scheme

Kyle Walker, the England and Tottenham Hotspur defender, is a graduate of Sheffield United's academy

Kyle Walker, the England and Tottenham Hotspur defender, is a graduate of Sheffield United's academy

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Sheffield United have launched a pioneering new scheme designed to provide youngsters with an alternative route into professional football, writes James Shield.

Nick Cox, manager of the League One club’s Redtooth Academy, last night announced it has entered into partnership with Sheffield College to launch an elite two year programme which offers students a chance to gain recognised vocational qualifications as well as develop their technical skills with coaches from Bramall Lane.

Called ‘A United Future’, the programme bears similarities to the type of scheme which saw Britt Assombalonga, who later commanded a £1m transfer fee, offered terms by Watford.

 

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