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Stags recruiting for Elite Football Development programme

8 April 2020

Current first team midfielder Alistair Smith progressed through the club's Elite Football Development programme.

Mansfield Town are looking to recruit young players wishing to take part in the club's Elite Football Development Programme, based at Brooksby Melton College.

The course, which begins in September 2020, will mark the start of the next chapter in the Mansfield Town and Brooksby Melton College partnership.

Former Leicester City striker and England Youth international Tommy Wright will be tasked with leading the programme, which follows on from the success of the Football Education programme.

After making his professional debut as a 17-year-old for Leicester City in the Premier League, Wright went onto enjoy 12 years as a professional footballer, representing teams such as Barnsley, Brentford, Blackpool and Aberdeen before entering into management at the age of 29 with Corby Town, Nuneaton Borough and Darlington.

During his six years of management he helped produce three England C internationals, transferred five players into professional football and also handed out 48 first team debuts to 16-19 year olds, emphasising his passion for youth development.

With a new and improved training, strength, conditioning and analysis schedule now in place, the programme gives aspiring young footballers aged 16 to 19 a fantastic platform to build upon.

The programme is set to begin in September of this year. To register your interest, email Tommy Wright at tawright@smbgroup.ac.uk. The link to the course can be found here.


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