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United Futures make success start

18 November 2015

The Club's Futures programme has enjoyed a promising start to the new campaign, as it competes in the U21 North Midland Development Football League.


The Futures team has enjoyed wins against Belper Town, Buxton, AFC Mansfield and Chesterfield, with the only blip coming with a defeat to Ilkeston.


In the recent fixture against Sheffield FC, a crowd in excess of 100, was treated to a thrilling 3-3 draw which was a great advert for the new programme.


Coach Jordan Broadbent remarked: "It has been brilliant and a real challenge as all our players are U18s playing in a competitive U21s league.


"The attitude and desire has been first class and the lads have been rewarded with a number of impressive results."


Another part of the initiative has seen the youngsters pit their wits against Academy teams, again with some success, a win over Chesterfield and a 4-4 stalemate with Huddersfield Town.


In September, the programme welcome 25 new first-years and the team currently sit top of the Premier Division within the Yorkshire & Humberside, after winning their first five games, not to mention a 5-1 National Cup victory over our counterparts from S6.


The programme has also welcomed a new member to the coaching staff with popular former defender Derek Geary joining the fold.


Programme Leader Lee Dunn commented: "It is great to have Del on board to offer his experience to the players and students on the programme.


"He brings his knowledge of the professional game at the highest level to the table and that only benefit the people around him as we continually strive to improve."


The United Futures play at the Look Local Stadium, as part of the Blades agreement with Stocksbridge Park Steels FC and admission to all games is free for supporters should you be able to support the youngsters.


The next scheduled action is on Wednesday 25th November, when AFC Mansfield provide the opposition.


Other forthcoming fixtures see United play against Chesterfield, Buxton, Mickleover Sports and Staveley.


If you would like to be a part of the United Future Programme places are now available on next year's course.


Applicants have to attend some practical trials and pass a formal interview before being offered a course place.


For more information or to express an interest contact Lee Dunn at The Sheffield College via email at lee.dunn@sheffcol.ac.uk


Students study for a BTEC Diploma in Sport, Performance and Excellence at Level 3 - equivalent to three A Levels.


Also, they spend part of their week training at the Steel Phalt Academy at Shirecliffe with the scholars, gaining an insight into the workings of a professional football club, shadowing senior staff and having access to Academy training and first-team matches.


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