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Allanson on search for future talent

16th March, 2017

A former Bridlington Town midfielder is hoping to use his day job to provide the next generation of players for the club.

Ash Allanson left the Seasiders earlier this season after eight years, but he is leading a new project to open an academy for Town.

He is a sports tutor at East Riding College, which has a campus just across the road from Towns Queensgate stadium.

The college has now teamed up with the club to launch the academy, with the first trials for young footballers due to start on April 19th.

Allanson said: I am very excited about this partnership with Bridlington Town and look forward to producing future local players.

I had an amazing eight years playing for the club, it became a part of me, and I want to help the club and young players in the town as much as I can.

Our aim is to develop the footballers of the future by giving local young people the opportunity to learn and train, enabling them to achieve their potential, both academically and in their football careers.

It would be fantastic if we could get the next generation of Bridlington Town football players through the academy.

The academy will open its doors in September.

Its aim is to provide the best young players in Bridlington with the opportunity of playing and receiving professional coaching while staying in education.

Academy players will have the opportunity to play for the college team on Wednesday afternoons in the Association of Colleges League, plus regular football training and strength and conditioning sessions with qualified coaches.

They may also have the opportunity to play for Bridlington Town Reserves in the Humber Premier League, with the hope of impressing first team manager Curtis Woodhouse and break through the ranks into the Toolstation NCEL line-up.

Peter Smurthwaite, Bridlington Town chairman, said: Its great to be working with the college and with Ash again.

It makes sense to work together, especially as the college and the club are only across the road from each other.

We want to provide opportunities, to grow the club and the profile of football in the town.

I would love it if home-grown talent could come through the ranks and provide us with first-team players, it cements the club as part of the local community and more to the point, it makes good business sense to grow your own.

Players that choose to study for the Level 3 BTEC in Sport will combine studies in anatomy and physiology, sports coaching, fitness and training, and sports performance with the football academy training.

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Cleethorpes Town 42 108 99
2 Pickering Town 42 97 72
3 Bridlington Town 42 88 53
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 83 75
5 Thackley 42 78 35
6 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 69 36
7 AFC Mansfield 42 66 24
8 Albion Sports 42 66 1
9 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 65 12
10 Athersley Recreation 42 62 -8
11 Liversedge 42 59 26
12 Bottesford Town 42 56 -1
13 Worksop Town 42 55 -6
14 Maltby Main 42 54 -16
15 Garforth Town 42 53 -19
16 Clipstone 42 49 -22
17 Parkgate 42 41 -30
18 Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38 -36
19 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38 -70
20 Barton Town Old Boys 42 34 -75
R Armthorpe Welfare 42 24 -68
R Retford United (-3) 42 24 -82
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Hall Road Rangers 42 96 62
P Pontefract Collieries 42 95 75
3 AFC Emley 42 95 72
4 Grimsby Borough 42 89 46
5 Hallam 42 82 59
P Penistone Church 42 82 38
7 Knaresborough Town 42 70 19
8 Campion 42 68 28
9 Eccleshill United 42 66 15
10 Selby Town 42 61 -2
11 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 59 9
12 Winterton Rangers 42 59 8
13 Yorkshire Amateur 42 53 -4
14 Brigg Town 42 49 -42
15 Rossington Main 42 45 -17
16 Teversal 42 45 -27
17 Ollerton Town 42 43 -29
18 Shirebrook Town 42 39 -47
19 Dronfield Town 42 35 -44
20 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 35 -75
R Westella & Willerby 42 27 -59
22 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 15 -85

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