College students succeed with Ashton United

Posted on: 26 June 2015

The new partnership with Ashton United Football Club has already proved successful as two Oldham College students were selected for their youth and reserve side following trials on Sunday.

Five Oldham College students competed against 21 other trialists for places with Ashton United’s reserve side. Two of the Oldham College students secured half of the four places that were offered with the semi - professional football club. They successfully competed against other players, some of whom were two or three years older or with agents or from professional clubs.

Oldham College Football Academy student Brad Humphreys and the College’s Oldham Athletic scholar, Emil Tansinda have now joined Ashton United for pre-season training. Both are second year students, aged 18. Brad is staying on at College for a third year completing the CYQ Fitness Instruction course and Emil is still deciding between staying on at college for a third year doing the same course, embarking on the Sports Foundation Degree at University Campus Oldham or taking up the option of a football scholarship in America.

Brad was released by Oldham Athletic from their academy set up, but Brad persevered with his passion and joined the College’s Football Academy. Two years later, he is so pleased to benefit from this second opportunity with a semi - professional club.

Mike Holt, Oldham College’s Football Academy Manager, initiated the partnership with Ashton United as he was keen to offer football progression pathways for his players. He said: “The students are thrilled about their success and so are we! This fantastic achievement, especially so early on in our partnership with Ashton United, supports the rationale for our relationship.”

Andy Finnigan Ashton United’s Reserve Manager said: “Ashton United trials on Sunday 21st June proved a success for us and Oldham College students. Two of the college’s students were successful in the trials and are invited for pre-season training with the reserve team. A decision will be made in August about whether to sign them. We have another two college students that we want to keep an eye on over the coming months. We are keen to continue working with Mike Holt to further enhance students’ development through our pathway links to reserve and first team football at Ashton United.”

As well as the progression opportunities with Ashton United, Oldham Athletics continue to monitor the progress of Oldham College students. Oldham College has seen some fine players come through the college and now hopes to see more in the future. Its Football Academy provides students with a high quality standard of coaching and education to give them the best chance of progressing in both aspects of their life. For more information please contact Mike Holt on 07717 878 382