Shadow Scholarship | Open Trials

Reds in the Community will be hosting Open Trials for the groundbreaking Shadow Scholarship programme on Saturday December 7 from 15:00-18:00 at Oakwell.

The exciting initiative allows players aged 16-19 to develop their footballing ability in the hope of moving into professional football through Barnsley Football Club whilst also studying on RitC’s equally impressive education setup.

Players will train daily in a scheme that has previously developed professional footballers at other clubs around the EFL as well as competing in the National Football Youth League and a national cup.

There is also the opportunity for players to go on football tours, with selected players having travelled to Barcelona during the 2018/19 season while students have also trained at St George’s Park and been on a two-week coaching experience to Malta.

Reds in the Community’s Shadow Scholarship Programme, which was launched for the 2018/19 academic year, has already proved to be a success with Dom Claxton, Jack Tinker and Callum Walmsley making it into the NFYL All-Star National team.

Callum then became the first youngster on the programme to progress into the Barnsley FC Academy, signing a professional scholarship in January.

In the initiative’s inaugural year, the Reds reached the final of the NFYL Cup and also lifted the EFL CEFA

Alongside having the chance to be selected for next year’s All-Star team, players will also be able to gain valuable experience through weekly training with the Academy’s U18’s and Martin Devaney’s U23’s.

Multiple youngsters have joined directly from the Barnsley FC Academy and other professional clubs however the coaching staff are keen to find more local talent.

If you are interested in representing the Reds against other football clubs whilst developing off-the-field in a professional education setup, then secure your place on the trials by completing the form at the bottom of the page.

Click HERE to find out more about the Shadow Scholarship programme.