Breaking new ground

Thursday 18 August 2016

Trainee footballers at Bedford College now have a promotion route into the two top teams in town. The Bedford College Football Academy/Kempston Town FC partnership has a new home at Bedford FC at Cardington.

Young players will be competing for team places on Saturdays at Kempston Town FC, and could be talent-spotted for progression to the Bedford squads.

“It’s a great new opportunity for our academy trainees to be on the same site with the best known names in local semi-professional football,” said Phil Newman Head of Sport at Bedford College,

Bedford College Football

Photo shows Bedford College and Kempston Town FC at the new ground of Bedford FC with Chairman Lui La Mura

“We’ve had a good relationship with Kempston Town FC so when they moved to their new ground from September 2016 we wanted that to continue.”

The Bedford College Academy will continue to play on Wednesdays at the AFC Kempston facilities in Hillgrounds, Kempston.

Kempston Town Chairman Gary Ingerson said: “Kempston Town FC is broadening its horizons now with our Reserve and A Teams playing at the new Wixams Football Centre and renewing sponsorship opportunities with AL & G Abbott of Bedford Road, Kempston and Andreas Pizza of Tavistock Street, Bedford. We value our relationship with the college as is brings through the best local talent to our team.”

Academy players combine football skills with gaining qualifications in a range of subjects to prepare them for employment Monday to Friday - regardless of which team they are playing for at the weekend.  

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