Craven College Football Academy Team up with Silsden AFC

Craven College are delighted to announce an agreement between Craven College and Silsden AFC as they plan for developing players for the future. Craven and Silsden AFC entered talks in the 2013/14 season which have now been finalised in time for the 2014/15 season and beyond.

The aim for the agreement is to develop a player pathway through the age groups and create a route into football once the players turn 16. The College football academy offers a football education programme for 16-19 year olds, which will be enhanced by the opportunities provided by Silsden AFC.

Luke Swindlehurst Head of Football at Craven College stated:
“I’m delighted we have come to an agreement with Silsden. They are a respected community club with strong foundations and it is a perfect route for our students to go and test themselves at that standard of football. This agreement with Silsden AFC has been a positive process and fully supported by West Riding County FA which will help us develop the club and college education programme. Looking forward I feel this step will develop our college students in a number of ways and the players here will go on to represent Silsden AFC. “

West Riding County FA actively encourage the formation of partnerships between local football clubs and colleges. Jack Matthews, Football Development Officer at West Riding County FA added:
“it’s great to see Silsden AFC and Craven College actively working alongside one another. The partnership will not only provide players with a route into a local club but also offer opportunities for students to get involved in other voluntary club roles and further develop their skillsets. I’m sure both parties will benefit greatly from the partnership and I hope it can be used as a blueprint for others to follow in the future.”

Silsden AFC Chairman, Sean McNulty, believes the partnership will benefit both Craven College and ‘The Cobbydalers’ and that Silsden AFC are delighted with the new partnership.

“As the highest ranked club in the Aire Valley it is vital that a club of our standing can attract the best players in the area. This partnership gives Silsden the opportunity to do just that and, hopefully, to progress to the next level in the Football League Pyramid. The links could spread further in the future with students from Craven College being involved in Coaching, Physiotherapy, Marketing and Advertising, Web-design, Catering and other aspects of running a club at this level.”

Jim Rosser, the clubs press offer added,
“Maybe some time in the future there will be opportunities for other students at Craven College to be involved in other areas such as coaching, advertising, catering, physiotherapy, the web site, filming, writing match reports etc. and other aspects of the organisation and running of a Football Club”.

Joint negotiator of the partnership, Barry Thomas, Silsden AFC Commercial Manager, added:
“It has to be a great milestone in the long history of Silsden AFC, both on and off the field. It helps fill the gap between our junior and senior teams and ensures we are doing as much as we can to keep the young students connected to sport in line with a directive from the FA a year or so ago, We can also offer lots of Craven College students hands on experience at our Sporting Complex in all manner of studies, so it heads we win tails we can`t lose”

Silsden AFC new website is finally easily accessable although their are many things still to add. The website adress is although you can still search using

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