Football club to continue partnership with college after successful trial

Dereham Town FC's ground at Aldiss Park

Aldiss Park, the home of Dereham Town - Credit: Archant

East Coast College has partnered with Dereham Town FC to expand its programme which allows students to play football while studying for a degree. 

Through Dereham's academy pathway, students are being given the chance to study for a a foundation degree in sport, health and exercise, alongside football training with UEFA-qualified staff.

East Coast College's Lowestoft campus. Photo: East Coast College

East Coast College's campus in Lowestoft - Credit: East Coast College

Structured training is in place to help them improve their technical ability, tactical understanding and athleticism.

The degree programme complements DESA, a partnership with Dereham Sixth Form which allows pupils to obtain a Level 3 BTEC in sport alongside their education. 

Magpies chairman Ashley Bunn said: "We are delighted to offer this programme at our club. It's a great opportunity for young people locally and we are proud to be part of it."

East Coast College's Great Yarmouth campus. Photo: East Coast College

East Coast College's campus in Great Yarmouth - Credit: East Coast College

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Based in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, East Coast College is a founding partner of the University of Suffolk.