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Aston Villa Foundation launches new girls football academy with BMet

The Aston Villa Foundation are delighted to announce the launch of a new Girls Football Academy which will form an integral part of the Aston Villa Ladies’ new player pathway when it launches in line with the next academic year.

In partnership with BMet, the Academy – which is targeted at current year 11 pupils – will offer students the freedom to study any BTEC or vocational course and A levels on offer at the college while representing Aston Villa in the National Football Youth League.

The Girls Football Academy will also provide players with the realistic prospect of progressing into the senior set-up of Aston Villa Ladies, who currently play in Women’s Super League Two.

Manager of Foundation and Community Partnerships, Andy Taylor said: “The programme offers an opportunity for young aspiring footballers to study full-time whilst representing Aston Villa on a weekly basis.

“This programme allows players to continue playing for other clubs at the weekend whilst learning in the Aston Villa environment during the week. It also provides a realistic opportunity for a player to progress into our WSL team.”

Jason Allen, Sport and Sports Academy Manager at BMet, feels the new partnership presents an excellent option for budding footballers who also want to commit to their studies.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the largest Midlands club to work with the largest further education college in the region to deliver an excellent football and education pathway programme.

“BMet offers the widest range of programmes for the student as well as many extra-curricular and support areas that will ensure a dedicated football scholar can be successful in their chosen academic or vocational pathway.”

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