By Andy Tong
TONBRIDGE ANGELS are holding open trials at Longmead Stadium this evening [November 29] from 6.30-8.30pm for year 11 and 12 students.
All those who come along will be able to try out the latest Nike football boots.
The club is forming an Academy at the start of the 2018-19 season for students who have completed their GCSEs and want to further their academic qualifications while honing their footballing skills.
The stars of the future will be coached by Jamie Coyle, the manager of the Conference Youth Alliance squad, and first team player-manager at Welling United in the National League South.
Angels captain Tom Parkinson will also be coaching the boys. He currently manages the Kent Academy squad.
Academy players will be able to study for A levels, Level 3 Sport BTEC and FA Level 1 and 2 coaching badges.
They train every day and also compete in FA Youth Cup and National Under-19 League, and will play at Longmead stadium.
Steve Churcher, Chairman of Tonbridge Angels said: “This is an important moment in the development of the Angels as a community based club.
“The infrastructure is in place, the personnel to run the Academy – two well respected Kent footballing people with UEFA A Licence qualifications – are ready to go, and a renowned educational establishment has backed the initiative.”
Liam Smith, Callum Adonis-Taylor, Dom Welsh and Tashi-Jay Kwayie are all former youth players who are now members of the first-team squad.