Link-up gives Brig plenty in reserve

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe
Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe
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Neil Crowe hailed the potential impact a reserve team will have on his Bamber Bridge side next season.

Chiefs at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium have been working closely with Preston’s College to set up a reserve side for the 2015/16 season.

After weeks of negotiations, a deal has now been thrashed out which will now see youngsters learn at Preston’s College while representing Bamber Bridge in the midweek Lancashire


Youngsters will be able to study a BTEC course, three A-levels or a combination of both.

The college is accepting applications and has also held an open day advertising the event.

If successful, youngsters will make their way through the teams at the college before finding their way into the reserve side.

The course is aimed at pupils aged 16-18 and all studies will be undertaken at Preston’s College.

All home games will be played on a Monday night at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

“The link-up with Preston’s College is a huge boost for the club,” said Crowe.

“We will be able to use the facilities at the college as well as having a reserve side.

“We last had one four years ago and that had to stop due to financial costs.

“It’s a step in the right direction, and my lads will be able to feature in it as well.

“There isn’t a limit on the amount of players, if we have a few players that need a run out then they will be able to do so.”

Training will be available on a full time basis with qualified UEFA A and B coaches.

The BTEC Sport and A-level programmes are 100 percent funded and will be studied alongside the football.

If people are interested in the course then they should contact the club in the following ways:

n Email:

n Phone: 07946138660

n Twitter: @BBFC_Academy

n Facebook: Bamber Bridge FC Academy