Are you aged 16 (school year 11), looking to further your education and also a keen footballer? Why not combine your options with The New Saints of Oswestry Town’s Professional Phase programme?
We provide the opportunity to train in a professional football environment at Park Hall – the home of the JD Welsh Premier League champions – yet at the same time to continue your studies in conjunction with North Shropshire College or Oswestry School.
In addition, we welcome interest from young players who have just been released by other professional clubs or first-year college students already in further education.
From a footballing perspective we offer the opportunity to be coached by A and B licence personnel, as well as the obvious benefits of getting alongside the TNS first team staff on a regular basis.
The Professional Phase players compete in both Category 1 and 2 Leagues, which are at the highest level of competition across that level of UK football.
Whether in the Academy, College or Schools system, many of our Professional Phase players have represented their respective nations internationally. Recently we have seen players proudly wearing the shirt of Wales U-18s Academy, England Colleges FA and England Independent Schools FA in international competition.
Several have also made debuts for the TNS first team, with Ben Clark in particular a regular member of Scott Ruscoe’s matchday squad. There are often Professional Phase players training with the seniors and there is a definite pathway for those who have the ability to progress.
Others are currently on loan at Caersws, FC Oswestry Town, Gresford, Guilsfield and Whitchurch Alport, as they gain experience at clubs that feature both sides of the border. The unique TNS geographical location enables the best of both worlds, as far as footballing options are concerned.
Academically, the current Professional Phase are doing well, with everyone at level 2 & 3 (BTEC diplomas). Attendance and punctuality are all excellent and the feedback from the respective educational establishments has been extremely positive.
Interested in finding out more? An open day and trial evenings are planned for the near future but why not contact Steve Benyon right now for an informal chat. Steve heads up the Professional Phase system and is more than happy to answer any questions that you may have, either by phone, email or to welcome you to Park Hall in person.
You can contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0779 11 36 509
The lead photograph is a group of our youngsters who had just been selected to represent Wales. The inserted image is Harry Bower and Ben Clark who had moments before competed against each other in different England categories at St. George’s Park.