Sky Bet League Two leaders Cambridge United announce academy partnership with Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club
Talented Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club youngsters dreaming of making it in the Football League are to benefit from an exciting link-up with Cambridge United.
BSCFC, who have nearly 1,000 playing members and are the biggest club of their kind in the country, are forming an academy partnership with the Sky Bet League Two leaders.
It will provide Stortford players and coaches with a number of opportunities, including creating a clear pathway for budding BSCFC stars to enter the U's academy system.
The two clubs have developed a strong working relationship over recent years and U's midfielder Ben Worman excelled during a loan spell in the Stortford first team in 2019.
"Since being established in 2005, BSCFC have been hugely successful in coaching and developing girls and boys at all levels, some of whom go on to play football on the highest stage," said BSCFC chairman Grant Hegley.
"To continue with the club's development plans to become one of the best community football clubs in the UK, both on and off the field, I am delighted that we have been selected to become a partner club with Cambridge United.
"We have, over the last few years, developed a close relationship with Cambridge United and this partner agreement will cement this association and will offer development opportunities to some of our players within their well-organised academy.
"In addition, the regular continued professional development events that will be run by Cambridge United and offered to our managers and coaches will improve the matchday experience to all of our nearly 1,000 players at every level."
The partnership with the Abbey Stadium outfit will also provide Stortford players with opportunities to get tickets to watch the Amber Army in League Two action.
Cambridge United academy manager Tom Pell said: "When selecting our partner clubs, BSCFC were right at the top of our list. The relationship we have formed with them over the last few years has been great.
"Seeing a 17-year-old Ben Worman scoring for their first team whilst on loan and offering an academy contract to a BSCFC under-eights player has been equally rewarding.
"They are a really well-organised club who want to offer opportunities to young people in the area and we as an academy feel like their values are very much aligned to our own.
"We are very grateful to Tim Moylette and Nik Barnes [BSCFC head coach and partner club liaison respectively] for their support and we hope we can offer their club what they need in return."