Chorley’s new link up is academic

JOHN MILLS 21.02.2012'DACA Principal Brendan Loughran (left) with Chorley FC manager  Gary Flitcroft, Chairman Ken Wright, DACA Director of Sport Hilary Lunn and assistant Principal (6th form  Howard McWilliam.

JOHN MILLS 21.02.2012'DACA Principal Brendan Loughran (left) with Chorley FC manager Gary Flitcroft, Chairman Ken Wright, DACA Director of Sport Hilary Lunn and assistant Principal (6th form Howard McWilliam.

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CHORLEY FC have linked up with a top Lancashire school to launch a new football academy.

The football academy is a partnership between Chorley Football Club and Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA), and is aimed at young people aged 16-19 who are keen to pursue a career in the game.

Players will benefit from coaching from Chorley FC staff – including manager Garry Flitcroft – and specialist DACA staff.

As a feeder academy for Chorley FC, it will develop young talent, and open the door to coaching careers, through a combination of high quality academic qualifications and training in sport and business.

It is also for those who want to play amateur football at a high level, and those who want to work in industries associated with football, such as nutrition.

Flitcroft said: “This is a fantastic move for Chorley FC. By partnering with DACA, we have an opportunity to develop some first-team stars of the future.”

First trials will be held on April 12 and 13. For information and to book your place at the trials, call 01254 819500, or email chris.worthington@daca.uk.com.