The Centre, which is currently in its third season, has already produced ten players who have graduated to the apprentice professional ranks.
Martin King, Director at Capita Symonds said “We are keen to support the communities in which we work and were particularly excited about supporting the Centre of Excellence. The team train at Accrington Academy which is a project we are heavily involved in and it is a pleasure to know that we will also be providing training facilities which will continue to develop the team.”
Phil Hackney, Director of Youth at Accrington Stanley said “Capita is the first major sponsor of an ASFC Centre of Excellence team and this tremendous gesture will not only enable young players to receive first class coaching but also hopefully provide the ‘conveyor belt’ of players to make the professional ranks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the sponsorship deal and look forwards to working together in the future”
Picture shows: From back left: Ian Darlington, Philip Schofield, Duncan Clement and Martin King (all Capita Symonds); Jack Sargent (Centre of Excellence Player); and Phil Backhouse (Centre of Excellence Manager).
Front: Kian Richardson (8) Accrington Stanley Football Club supporter