Two young talents from the Wycombe Wanderers Football & Education Academy were recently given the opportunity to train with the first-team squad.Creative midfielder Liam Tack (aged 18) and athletic winger George Reid (aged 17) joined Wanderers stars last week to aid their development and benefit from the experience of training alongside professionals under the watchful eye of manager Gareth Ainsworth and his assistant Richard Dobson.
Ainsworth said: “We were pleased to be able to take a look at the two lads and giving them this experience will hopefully help them continue the excellent progress that they’ve been making at the Education Academy. Without a youth team or development squad, we may not be able to give them a match environment to show what they can do, but they applied themselves well in training and showed themselves to be talented footballers.
“We keep a close eye on the progress of the youngsters within that system, as we do with young players at clubs at many different levels, to help us with our recruitment plans as and when we need new players.”
The Football & Education Academy runs two and three-year courses at a venue in Stokenchurch, which enables students to study A-Levels or BTEC courses whilst enjoying and enhancing their football development, aided by Wycombe Wanderers.
Students participate in professional training sessions on a daily basis and compete in the National ECFA competition, allowing students to pursue their sporting goals as a player, physio, coach, official or manager. During the period of the course, students have the option of work experience within Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust throughout their community engagement programmes.