Sunderland College Open Nights – search on for best young men and women players

by Graeme Anderson

SUNDERLAND College is holding Open Nights this Wednesday, January 10th (women) and next Wednesday, January 17th (men) to find new members for its 2018-19 Football Development Centre squads.
Improtech Soccer is seeking the brightest and the best young candidates around to fill those places!
And first up, it’s the Ladies:
The first Open Night, Wednesday 10th, takes place at the Sports Academy on Bede Campus, Durham Road, SR3 4AH. The training sessions start 5pm prompt and finishes approx 6.30pm.

The indoor sports hall for this session is being used due to the dark nights, therefore players should bring their indoor training kit. 

Improtech Soccer’s director of operations Simon Robson pointed out: “This is a fantastic opportunity for talented young women footballers to get the best football training around a first-class education at the same time.

“Improtech Soccer has been the College’s partners at the Men and Women’s Football Development Centre for the past year and has overseen improvements in the coaching we provide and the women’s football is a big side of things for us. Women’s football has grown hugely in recent years across the country and the North East is no exception.

“We want to find and nurture the talent of many young talented women players as possible and if they join the College course they’re also guaranteeing that they’re looking after their education options too.”

Anyone interested in coming along to the training sessions should confirm their attendance by contacting Steve Golightly on 07729651466 or email:

The recruitment sessions are aimed at 16-year-olds, (current Year 11s), but the Development Centre will consider talented 17 or 18-year-olds who want to try out.

Improtech Soccer MD, Martin Scott, said: “We’re very excited about where we can go with the Sunderland College centre and were thrilled last year to be given the opportunity to work with the 16-19-year-old age range.

“We won a cup in our first year at the College but this is only the beginning for us and one of the things we are determined to do over the next few years is really earn a reputation for excellence in delivering women’s football.

“For that reason, we’re hoping word spreads ahead of Wednesday and we get a good turn out of promising, determined and enthusiastic women players at the campus.”