7th April 2016
It has been a fantastic season for the York College Football Development Centre teams, with the men’s team reaching the English College’s Football Association (ECFA) National Cup Final, having beaten Myerscough College 7-2 away from home in the semi-final. The women’s team also made it to the semi-final round, despite losing 2-1 in extra time to Accrington & Rossendale College.
It is the second time in the College’s Football Development Centre’s sixteen year history that the men’s Under 19s team has fought through to the National Cup Final, having beaten Huddersfield New College, Doncaster Rovers Foundation, Thomas Rotherham College, Middlesborough College and Myerscough College to get there.
The York College Football Development Centre teams are made up of students mostly studying Sport & Public Services courses. All players receive high quality sports coaching alongside their full-time education programme, with many going on to study higher education or coaching.
With great performances from students Alfie Beestin, who is on trial with Barnsley FC, and Romario Vieira Nan, who has been invited to trial at Leeds Utd, it is not surprising the College men’s team is also through to the English College’s League play-off quarter final, playing Gateshead College on 20th April.
Mark Smith, Head of Division for Sport at York College says: “The Football Development Centre has played magnificent football this season. The men winning 7-2 was a fantastic result, and despite the women losing 2-1 in extra time the semi-final games were a great and spirited effort. Congratulations go to all players and staff involved. We are hopeful the men will put up a big performance in the final against Milton Keynes College on 4th May, to be played at Birmingham City's 30,000 seater stadium. It would be amazing to win the Cup and League!”