Thetford Town Football Club are launching a new academy from next season after linking up with Lowestoft-based Active Development Education.
The new academy will combine the provision of excellence in football coaching and training with a full-time, mainly sport-related education programme for 16 to 19-year-olds.
Brecklanders boss Danny White said: “There is lots going on, both on and off the pitch at the football club.
“One of the priorities when I took over here was to get local-based players playing for the club.
“Having the academy will help us achieve that goal. It will give young, local lads the chance to push for a place with the first team.
“When you look at our team at the moment, we have a centre-halve at 17, a central midfielder who is 17 and a left-winger at 19.
“Potentially, these are lads who will be part of the academy already.”
Among the courses on offer for youngsters are a BTEC extended diploma in sports and exercise science, apprenticeships, social media and marketing, business administration, outdoor adventure, sports coaching and sports leisure.
“It’s something which should have happened a long time ago,” said White.
“You only have to look at a club like Bury Town and how successful their academy has been.
“It’s a massive move for the club.
“It can only benefit us and help move Thetford Town Football Club forward.”
The club hosted an open evening for interested youngsters at the club last Thursday.
But anyone wanting further information about the academy should call 07468425555.