THERE was a good attendance at a parents and players evening at Walford and North Shropshire College on 25 June.
Already, 19 players have signed up for Saints' new scholarship programme.
Presentations on the scheme were given by representatives from the college and the club.
Total Network Solutions Football Club, in partnership with Walford and North Shropshire College, is due to establish a Football Scholarship programme for the start of the 2003/4 season.
The programme's aim is to establish a comprehensive educational programme leading to recognised qualifications at further educational level to gifted footballers.
This scheme encourages widening participation in education by using football as a vehicle to educational development.
Academy scholars will be based at the College’s Oswestry Campus for the educational part of their programme whilst Total Network Solutions FC will be the lead provider of football coaching.
The aim is to take between 16 to 20 boys into the scheme for the 2003/4 academic year.
The scholars will receive coaching with UEFA-licenced TNS coaches for three half days a week and are likely to form the backbone of the College’s football team.
They will play in the National Youth Academy’s league on a Wednesday afternoon and for a TNS team at the weekend.
Scholars will be able to access a range of College courses and there will be strong links with the Shrewsbury Town Academy, which is also based at the College.

For further information, please contact Andrew Roberts on 01691 688094 or Ian Williams on 01691 664053 or via e mail