WALLSEND’S Tyne Metropolitan College is hoping to be pitch perfect after agreeing a deal to have its students coached by the Newcastle United Foundation.
Foundation coaching staff will train two college teams twice a week, starting this month, for 40 weeks.
The students they train, aged 16 to 21, will then play in a regional league against other college teams from Gateshead, Newcastle and County Durham.
The foundation will also run courses in coaching for students doing TyneMet’s sports studies course, as well as offering work placement opportunities.
About 70 students will benefit.
TyneMet’s further education sport co-ordinator, Mark McCutcheon, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for those students involved in the football development programme.
“It will benefit the players on the pitch as they work with experienced coaching staff and will also benefit them as they study for their coaching qualifications.
“The work placements will mean they gain some excellent coaching experience, helping their chances of progressing to a career in football or sports.”
Foundation football development officer Ben Dawson added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with TyneMet College. We have a team of experienced coaches dedicated to nurturing young talent and helping to inspire the next generation of football coaches.”