Applemore College has been chosen by Southampton Football Club Academy to educate their young players who are living away from home.
Southampton Football Club Academy is the youth organisation run by Southampton Football Club to encourage and develop young footballers in the South of England. Renowned players including Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, and Luke Shaw began their careers at the Academy.
The Premier League and Saints Academy emphasise the importance of a good education for their young players, who know they need to work hard to get the best GCSE grades they can. Some of the young players’ homes are too far from the Academy to commute every day and so they have to live with host families and attend a local school that must have been approved by the Premier League Education Section.
Applemore College is one of only eight schools nationally that is linked to a Premiership Club to have been awarded this status and currently, six Saints Academy students are attending in Years 9, 10 and 11.
Julie Batchelor, Saints Academy Education and Life Skills Manager, is delighted with how the partnership with Applemore College is working, saying “We could not have hoped for better support with this venture than we have received from the fantastic staff at Applemore. They have helped our young players to settle into their new environment and I know they really feel part of the school community, having made lots of friends. I know I echo the thanks of the boys’ parents to everyone at Applemore for making them feel so welcome.”
Matt Hale, Saints FC Academy Manager comments “The support from Applemore College to our programme and players in particular has been nothing other than outstanding. We are delighted with how our partnership is developing year on year. Most importantly, we know that when our players are placed within the Applemore College environment their welfare and academic progression are in the best possible hands.”
Mr Marsh, Headteacher of Applemore College said “We very much look forward to further developing our educational partnership with Saints FC Academy. Our new Community All Weather Sports Pitch will not only highlight the superb facilities available at the College but will also offer fantastic opportunities for further new and exciting joint ventures”.