A flourishing educational academy at AFC Sudbury has been highly praised by South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge.
The MP met students from the academy during a recent tour of AFC Sudbury’s state-of-the-art Wardle Williams Stadium, where the educational programme is based.
The academy was launched in July 2015– in partnership with the Ormiston Sudbury Academy - to provide 16 to 18-year-olds with nationally recognised qualifications in both the sporting and academic sector.
The Academy operates on a full-time basis and currently offers three year courses with an intake of up to thirty students per year.
After watching the students take part in a training session Mr Cartlidge said: “Having seen the new Academy in action I am impressed that the club not only provides high quality football coaching but also places as much emphasis on the student’s education.”
The club is also relaunching its fundraising lottery to raise money for its youth and community projects.
It has rebranded its Gold Lottery, hoping to raise thousands of pounds for projects to support young people in Sudbury and the surrounding area.
Its first aim is to raise money to buy a minibus to provide transport for the club’s teams, including its youth teams.
The vehicle would also be used for the club’s numerous community activities.
Future funds will go towards supporting the club’s academy.
The Gold Lottery will be drawn each week, with a first prize of £100 plus other cash prizes.
For more information call 01787 376213.