Richmond teenager secures place at football academy

George McCowie.

A Richmond teenager has secured a coveted place at Darlington Football Club’s Academy.

George McCowie, a Year 11 student at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, first experienced life at the academy a year ago when he did his work placement there.

George has been playing for Darlington Football Club for five years, starting in the Under 12s team.

From September, he will be studying for a Level-3 Extended Diploma in Sport, while playing with the academy team.

He is looking forward to the opportunity of training alongside Darlington’s First Team.

While doing his work experience at Darlington, George played and trained with the club.

He was involved behind the scenes, learning how the club is run, and helping with the ordering of batches of tickets for the club.

George said: “I knew when I spent my work experience week with the academy that it was something I would really like to do.

“I love playing football and this course will enhance my own development in sport and football in all areas.

“I am looking forward to pre-season training and I can’t wait to get started.”

Paul Thomas, director of youth at Darlington Football Club, said: “We are delighted that George has decided to sign his national league contract with Darlington FC

“George has played for the academy since he was 12 and now will start his journey into full time football and education with us.

“Every year we have seen a development in his game and hopefully now with his own hard work and mentality we are hopeful the full time aspect will really make him kick on.”

Ms Mannion, careers leader at Richmond School, said: “It is unusual for a Year 10 student to do a placement outside of the standard June/July window.

“However, George was so highly motivated to carry out his placement and it has really paid off for him as he clearly made a long-lasting impression. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Click here to find out more about Darlington Football Academy. [kofi]