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FC United & The Manchester College

FC United of Manchester and The Manchester College

The Manchester College are a key community partner with FC United of Manchester. This partnership has now been in place for 3 years and continues to use both education and football as key attributes in achieving successful outcomes. In that time both parties have shared their vision for engaging young players into The Manchester College Football Academy and providing a player pathway into FC United of Manchester. The Manchester College and the club have also developed links through a range of community programmes that engage local students looking to progress into Further Education. This work is vital to engaging with both the college’s and the club’s local communities.

Karl Margison and FC United Coaching Staff such as Chucks Akuneto, who are also employed at the college, play a key role in moving the partnership forward by identifying players that have the ability to progress into non-league football. Already the college have many fine examples of players that have gone through the ranks from the college teams to the FC United U18’s, and are now pushing for selection into the FC United First Team. We think that this is great progress and an example of the opportunities that both the college and club can provide to young players.

The Manchester College has also supported the club in providing an excellent training base for players and staff at the Nicholls Football Centre.

Football Conference Youth Alliance North Division

The Manchester College First Team plays as FC United in the Football Conference Youth Alliance North Division where they compete against other colleges that have a direct link with a non-league football club. The league is a development league for young players that are looking to make the step into first team football. It provides college players with a great football education and experience against competitive and respected clubs.

For further details about the league and to view the league table please go to: Conference Youth League North Division

2008/09 Honours and Achievements

First Team and B Team
British College Sport National Futsal Winners
British College Sport National Knock-out Cup Winners
Manchester Schools U19 Cup Winners
Greater Manchester U19 College Cup Finalists

Women’s Team

The Manchester College Women’s team have made tremendous progress over the last two seasons. Guided by Head Coach Lynda Shepherd the team have become one of the most respected college women’s teams in the North West and went on to win a number of trophies and plaudits in the 2008/09 season. Recognising this opportunity The Manchester College are now working with FC United of Manchester to develop a competitive women’s team for the 2010/11 season. Using a similar format to the men’s team the partnership will look to recruit the most talented local talent and offer them the opportunity to develop both within a college and club environment. Watch this space for further developments for next season!

British College Sport NW 1B League Winners
Greater Manchester Schools U19 Colleges Cup Winners
ESFA National U18 Cup Finalists
British College Sport National 5 a-side Finalists

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First Posted ~ 09:48 Thu 12 Nov 2009
News ID ~ 2533
Last Updated ~ 17:14 Fri 11 Oct 2013