Enrolment is still open for school leavers who are interested in joining the PNE Futsal Academy which begins its second year in September.
The programme combines classroom education with on-pitch futsal training practice and is considered an alternative to the traditional college experience.
Students will work towards a BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma in Sport, which is an equivalent of up to three A-levels, whilst training to improve their futsal skills and overall fitness levels.
Once students gain these qualifications, graduates have the opportunity to continue with their sport education at University level, gain employment in coaching or at a similar sport and leisure capacity.
As well as gaining these qualification, students have the opportunity to receive lessons taught by some of the first team players, as well as having the opportunity to attend all PNE home games as guests of the football club.
Played at a fast paced tempo with 5 players a side, futsal is the fastest growing indoor sport and is the only officially recognised form of indoor football approved by both UEFA and FIFA.
It’s played on a smaller pitch, with a size four ball using hockey-sized goals, and just last year, the PNE Futsal Academy was featured on Soccer AM, qualifying for the Soccer AM Futsal Cup.
The programme is not just for elite football performers, but also for footballers of all abilities who have a real passion for the game.
For those who show their interest in the Academy, there will be trial games taking place against teams such as Blackburn Rovers and Fleetwood Town.
These games will be an opportunity for potential new students to have a go at futsal and see if the athletic aspect of the course suits them.
Entry requirements which are established by the Football League Trust Education and futsal programme include having four A-C GCSEs, of which, two must be English and Maths, or a BTEC Level Two.