FC United of Manchester’s partnership with the Manchester College has already bore fruit after one of their academy stars earned a week-long trial with Sheffield Wednesday.
Ademola Bakre, 17, a student at the college’s football academy, played for the Championship side’s youth team against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.
The Red Rebels youngster will spend the rest of the week with the South Yorkshire club after wowing scouts with performances in the British Colleges Elite League.
Karl Marginson, FC United manager and Bakre’s first team coach at the Manchester College, said: “Ademola was selected as the football academy captain due to his hard work and attitude to training.
“He fully deserves his chance to gain a professional contract in football.
“The fact Ade has been spotted by a professional club is testament to the partnership between FC United and The Manchester College and the development work of the coaching staff with all the players.”
Bakre’s achievement comes just a month after four players from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side were selected for the England Colleges national football squad.
But his success comes as no surprise to Paul Bright, head of the Manchester College Football Academy, who is impressed with Bakre’s dedication to the game.
“Ademola has been a model student and player since he came to the college,” he said.
“His commitment, dedication and passion for football has resulted in him being scouted and selected for trials with a professional club.
“I am sure Sheffield Wednesday will recognise the ability and talent we see from Ade every week and that he will do himself and The Manchester College very proud.”
Trials will be held in February, April and May for current Year 11 male and female footballers wishing to combine football with a full-time college course in September 2013.
To register for trials with the Manchester College Football Academy, ran in partnership with FC United, visit http://www.themanchestercollege.ac.uk/subject-area/sport/academies/trial-dates/enquiry