Local young people are being offered the chance to kick start a career in coaching with Newcastle United.
The Club's Foundation has developed a partnership with Newcastle College to offer a new training programme for 16-19 year-olds who love sport and want a job in sports coaching.
The exclusive talent recruitment programme runs over 25 weeks from September and offers bespoke training with top coaching staff.
The course has been designed with the Foundation to give those on the course the skills to start working in the football industry as soon as they have completed. Therefore, everyone who completes the training is guaranteed an interview with Newcastle United Foundation and could be well on their way to being the next 'special one'.
The programme will include football training and competitive elements, FA Level 1 Award, Emergency First Aid, Safeguarding Children, personalised BTEC, Level 2 and 3 in Sports Coaching, Sports Development and Sports Fitness. It will combine study with opportunities to work alongside and be mentored by Newcastle United Foundation coaching staff.
A selection event for the programme will take place at Newcastle United's Training Centre this summer. Those interested must have a passion for football and coaching, the energy and enthusiasm to inspire others and at least 4 GCSEs at grade C and above.
Neil Winskill, Newcastle United Foundation football development officer, said: "This is an incredible opportunity for 24 young people to combine essential studies with hands-on learning.
"There are lots of providers offering sports courses aimed at football performance but none like this. This course has the element missing from many courses, practical experience. What better way than to learn from the professionals."
Rob Kleiser, director of the Lifestyle Academy at Newcastle College, added: "This course is a fantastic opportunity for young people with an interest in sport to build a career with a major Premier League football club.
"The College has a long and successful relationship with Newcastle United and working together our aim is to create job opportunities for local people based on our passion for sport and ability to deliver high quality training and skills."