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Academy players trialled by Nike Football

Academy players trialled by Nike Football

Students at the MMU Football Academy in association with Newcastle College are to be tested by sports giant Nike Football in a bid to find the fastest footballer in the country.

The Nike Mercurial Speed Test will take place on Wednesday 16 April at 10.30am on the sports field at MMU Cheshire’s Alsager Campus.

Around 40 students will be put through their paces by Nike representatives to see who is fastest in a 45 meter sprint and when dribbling a football.

The students will compete against other academy footballers from across the country as part of the nationwide search.

At the end of the regional trials, the fastest 40 youngsters will be invited to Manchester United’s football ground, Old Trafford, to compete for the top prize of £5000 and a host of exclusive Nike goodies.

MMU Coach Melvyn Wilkes believes that his students have what it takes to go far in the competition.

He said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Nike to take part in this national competition. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their skills and hopefully some of them will make it through to the national final.”

Students of the MMU Football Academy spend four days a week studying at the MMU Cheshire’s Alsager campus. They attend Newcastle College one day a week to work on their coaching skills with UEFA qualified coaches.

The Academy has gone from strength to strength in recent years, winning the British Colleges Cup in 2006 and becoming champions of the West Midlands Colleges Premier League in the 2006/07 season.

For more information about Newcastle College’s football academies, contact the College Information Centre on 01782 254212, email [email protected] or visit  

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Notes to editors:

Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Newcastle-under-Lyme College is the largest provider of 16-18 education in Staffordshire, with student success rates amongst the top 15% of further education colleges in the country. The College recently underwent an Ofsted Inspection with the subsequent report, published in December 2007, identifying key strengths as good teaching and learning, excellent governance, strong links with employers, pro-active and innovative work with local secondary schools and highly effective strategies to widen participation. Inspectors rated the college as ‘good’ overall, with many outstanding elements:

  • OUTSTANDING initial advice and guidance;
  • OUTSTANDING provision to meet the needs and interests of learners;
  • OUTSTANDING approach to educational and social inclusion;
  • OUTSTANDING development of economic well-being for learners;
  • OUTSTANDING support for literacy and numeracy needs;
  • OUTSTANDING identification of, and provision for, additional learning needs.

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