A Lincoln College 16-year-old student is making waves in our local football community. The young goalkeeper - was selected for the Lincoln United Football first-team squad as part of the Lincoln United Football Industry Study Programme.
The programme, a collaborative project between Lincoln United FC and Lincoln College, provides students with an opportunity to study for a sports-related qualification whilst participating in high-level football training and competitions - designed to help students develop both their academic and athletic abilities and prepare them for careers in the football industry.
Tyler Griffin, a 16-year-old student goalkeeper, was included in the Lincoln United first-team squad for their recent visit to Stockton Town FC. Although he never made it off the bench, the experience of just being around the first-team environment has been invaluable. He said, “Being a part of the team and warming up with the other players were brilliant, particularly being alongside the first team keeper Steggles - he is a great role model to me.”
Isaac Wilinsky, Head of the Lincoln United Football Industry Study Programme, said, “We are delighted with the progress that Tyler has been making this season whilst on the programme and he fully deserves this opportunity. Additionally, we are just as proud of Charlie Stenton (Gainsborough Trinity FC and Horncastle Town FC), Kieran Bailey (Horncastle FC), Harvey Willis and Charlie Morgan (both Lincoln United FC), who are also making excellent progress and are just on the verge of being called up by their respective first teams.”
Andy McGill, Learning and Skills Lead for Sports programmes at Lincoln College, said: “The programme was set up 18 months ago - with the vision of helping young football players from within our local area develop as people and players, giving them a good insight into the football industry and hopefully inspiring them to pursue a career in one of the multitudes of jobs that exist in and around the football industry.
“We are really pleased with how the programme is evolving. Although our programme is linked with Lincoln United, our vision has always been about helping young players with the transition from junior football to adult football, irrespective of the club they play for.
As an institution, we actively work with all the local clubs to develop players for their teams. Guiding them for efficiency, staff can help manage their training load and their minutes in the matches to ensure players are fresh, fit and firing for their important game at their local club.
The Football Industry Study Programme at Lincoln College is highly-regarded. Many students who have completed the programme have gone on to successful careers in the football industry.
Are you interested? Find out more about the Lincoln United Football Industry study programme by contacting Andy McGill via email@example.com.
Who knows, you could be our next Jamie Henderson (Internation Scout at Atlanta United in the MLS), Sam Clucas (Professional Football player at Stoke City FC) or Chris Swallow (Soft Tissue Therapist at Aston Villa Football Club) out there working in the football industry.
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