International Football Academy Launched In York



By Gavin Aitchison in The Press.


York could become a hot-bed for football talent from around the world, following the launch of a new partnership between one of the city’s universities and a sports organisation.

The i2i International Soccer Academy will enable students to work towards a full time degree at York St John University while also completing a pro-level football training programme.

The first students will arrive in York in September, after the university and i2i Sports officially signed a deal last month.

Professor Andy Smith, head of sports participation and performance at York St John, said: “The i2i International Soccer Academy is the ultimate programme for any young footballer who dreams of studying for a degree, whilst exploring the many opportunities available in the world of football. Students will spend their mornings in the lecture theatre and their afternoons training on the training pitch.

“It’s an intensive programme, which will bring about fantastic opportunities for young footballers with the desire to succeed both physically and academically. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of students in September and seeing what they can achieve.”

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