Updated: Apr 30, 2020
Crawley Town Football Club's recruitment partner Crawley Town Performance Academy are giving teenage footballers, aged between 15 and 18 who have been released by their previous clubs a second chance to make it as a professional footballer, through their Player Placement Programme.
Throughout the country, there are teenagers in the final months of their contracts who may never play another game for their club, among hundreds of other young players who have been told they will not be retained.
This presents huge challenges to players - both from a professional perspective but also in terms of their mental health. There will now be hundreds of players who will no doubt be anxious about what the future holds for them.
Usually players would be able to sign up to compete at assessment trials, or apply to other professional clubs. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trials are not able to take place which now leaves hundreds of academy players uncertain of their futures. This has left players fearing for their careers, facing an anxious and uncertain few weeks.
In a huge effort to avoid players from dropping out the game, Crawley Town Football club are supporting unsigned academy players through their newly established scouting programme with a guaranteed opportunity to win back their dreams of becoming a professional footballer through the player placement programme with a trial in front of the club’s senior scouting and management team. By offering this opportunity, the youngsters can take reassurance from an undoubtedly stressful time that there is a programme out there for them.
The player placement programme will also offer 15-18 year old released academy players with an unconditional offer to become a scholar with Crawley Town Performance Academy as well as the chance to join the club's first team.
Crawley Town Football Club illustrates its commitment to support young home-grown players and is excited to attract the massive pool of talented young footballers across the country.
To be part of this innovative and exciting new programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, dob, contact details and former club.