Basingstoke Town Football Club and SCL Education & Training have signed an extension to their partnership.

The Dragons, who play in the Southern League Division One, are one of more than 50 professional and non-league clubs benefitting from SCL’s outstanding education provision, which is delivered to 16-18-year-olds across the country. 


Students can gain academic qualifications in line with their passion for football, with Basingstoke striker Ben Wright combining his work as an SCL tutor with his playing commitments.


Each year the programme achieves outstanding academic learner outcomes, coupled with a track record of nurturing players into the first team, relevant employment or higher education on completion of the course.  


SCL have been boosted by a number of partnership extensions in recent weeks, with the likes of the West Ham United Foundation, Charlton Athletic Foundation and Millwall Community Trust all signing new deals with the leading providers of education.


SCL Partnership Director Lawrence Blair said: “We are pleased with the progress that we are making as an education provider and we are delighted to strengthen our links with Basingstoke Football Academy.


“We remain fully committed to delivering the best standard of education across the board and it’s great to have extended a number of our existing partnerships within the last month as well as embarking on new partnerships.”


Basingstoke Academy Manager Aaron Nicholson said: “We have really enjoyed working with SCL, who deliver a first-class education programme in conjunction with the student’s passion for football.


“Students on the course have the opportunity to fulfil their career ambitions through the power of sport and we’re proud of the work that is being done on the programme.”


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