Fleetwood Town’s International Football Academy (FTIFA) has welcomed in their new intake of players who will be part of the Professional Experience Programme.
After a hugely successful first block, which saw some amazing talent push for places within the professional game, we welcome over 25 new players to the programme. Spanning across the globe, from 12 different countries, the new players will be keen to impress.
FTIFA has built partnerships with Town’s sister clubs in both Dubai (Fleetwood United Football Club) and South Africa (Western Cape Fleetwood Football Club), who have both been going from strength to strength.
Town’s Chairman Andy Pilley has invested in the pair as part of an international growth plan which aims at developing footballers all over the globe in the coming years.
Fleetwood United Football Club, based in Dubai, who have formally been accepted into the newly formed UAE Third Division, will also link up with an established junior academy, United FC of Dubai.
Western Cape Fleetwood Football Club will be based out of the Western Cape area of South Africa close to Cape Town and have already begun fixtures in the South African fourth division and have been putting in some brilliant performances.
Both will supplement the superb work done by our Fleetwood Town International Football Academy which sees players from all around the world train at Poolfoot Farm alongside the first team squad daily.
Mick Horsfall, FTIFA Operations Manager, said: “The FTIFA Professional Experience programme now offers players the very real prospect of becoming a professional footballer. It’s not just here at Fleetwood Town in the United Kingdom, though that would be the dream, but also at our link clubs in Dubai and South Africa.
“The opportunity to play semi-pro through our recent link to Kendal Town has also been realised by a couple of our boys. We are really excited to see the talent which will arrive and can’t wait to support their development through our brilliant coaching team.”