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Barking Football Club join forces with Sydney Russell School to ‘offer a wider opportunity for the local community’

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 February 2018

Barking chairman Rob O'Brien (second, right) with Sydney Russell Principle Janis Davies (centre) and Head of Sixth Form Sofie Dryden (second, left) after agreeing a link between two of the Borough's leading lights (pic: Barking FC).

Barking chairman Rob O'Brien (second, right) with Sydney Russell Principle Janis Davies (centre) and Head of Sixth Form Sofie Dryden (second, left) after agreeing a link between two of the Borough's leading lights (pic: Barking FC).

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The Bostik North club, fresh from agreeing a player development partnership deal with Arsenal in October, have confirmed another big link

Barking chairman Rob O'Brien (left) and Academy Director Mick O'Shea at Arsenal's Hale End academy (pic: Barking FC).Barking chairman Rob O'Brien (left) and Academy Director Mick O'Shea at Arsenal's Hale End academy (pic: Barking FC).

Barking Football Club have joined forces with another of the Borough’s leading lights by agreeing a ‘top of the league’ A-Level and BTEC education football scholarship programme with Sydney Russell School.

The Blues, who ply their trade in the Bostik North, are now recruiting 16-to-18-year-olds for courses which will commence in September.

On Thursday, February 22 Sydney Russell are holding their open evening between 4pm and 8pm and for more information get along to the Parsloes Avenue school.

The programme will intend to deliver most of the sought after A-level subjects for students while they learn and develop their football skills under UEFA licensed coaches.

Pupils will also compete in the National League Youth Alliance under-19 league Division C for Barking’s academy.

In addition to this programme with Sydney Russell, the Blues also offer an alternative full-time education and football development programme where 16-to-18-year-olds play for the academy while studying BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport before moving onto a Diploma in Sport in the second year.

Barking’s academy director Mick O’Shea said: “It is a big link for us, massive really, because we can now teach students football while they do their A-levels at Sydney Russell.

“If you want your child to be in an academy and playing football, but also getting an education at the same time, you can get the best of both worlds at Barking Football Club.

All the information about Barking FC's Education Football Scholarship programme (pic: Barking FC).All the information about Barking FC's Education Football Scholarship programme (pic: Barking FC).

“It will be after school sessions as well, so it won’t affect their studies, and we are still doing our BTEC courses.

“This won’t affect what we are already doing with the BTEC scholars, but it is just another way for the club to offer a wider opportunity for the local community.”

Sydney Russell have a 99 per cent pass rate when it comes to A-levels and 87 per cent of their students achieve A-to-C grades.

Blues chairman Rob O’Brien added: “We have had a few meetings together and we quickly established that both parties wanted to develop a ‘top of the league’ education and sporting scholarship programme.”

With Sydney Russell achieving outstanding results according to Ofsted and Barking’s under-19s top of the National League Youth Alliance League Division C, this link sees two of the Borough’s best organisations working together.

It is the latest in a long line of great schemes put together by the Mayesbrook Park club in recent months.

Back in October, Barking agreed a player development partnership deal with Premier League giants Arsenal.

The link with the Gunners allows Barking to organise training sessions at the club, which are overseen by Arsenal’s coaching and scouting staff, for youngsters in the Blues academy aged four all the way up to 18

Some of the students face the camera at Mayesbrook Park after competing in the Arsenal & Barking Year Four Schools Cup (pic: Barking FC).Some of the students face the camera at Mayesbrook Park after competing in the Arsenal & Barking Year Four Schools Cup (pic: Barking FC).

And in December, the Bostik North club were able to put on a competition involving local school kids titled ‘The Arsenal & Barking Cup.’

Over a 150 children from Year Four took part in the event at Mayesbrook Park with George Carey Primary School winning and receiving medals from Joe Sutton, the Gunners pre-academy coordinator, and Arsenal’s head scout Martin Taylor.

Barking have further plans to put on more primary school competitions in association with the north London club, with the next ‘The Arsenal & Barking Cup’ tournament scheduled for Year Three pupils in March.

The partnership with the Gunners, plus this latest link with Sydney Russell, will open up more opportunities for youngsters in the area.

To secure your place on coaching sessions at Barking FC – providing opportunities to be selected for Arsenal’s pre-academy – contact Academy Director Mick O’Shea on 07762 636015 (places limited).

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