BUDDING footballers at Stratford School can now shoot and score a GCSE.
The secondary school on Alcester Road teamed up with Stratford Town Football Club this year to launch a Football Academy level 2 qualification.
The qualification is now up and running as an option for budding footballers in year 9 and will give them the equivalent of one GCSE.
The academy is open to skilled footballers of any gender and builds on their existing abilities, helping them prepare for careers in the football industry.
The course itself, though highly practical in nature, sees the students take part in rigorous training and competitions but also learn the theory that links their on-pitch skills to the many aspects of football, playing, coaching and management.
The school has 28 students who chose the football academy this year and they are hoping this number will build over the coming years.
The course is overseen by Mr Turrell and Mr Campion from Stratford School and they will be supporting the lessons that are held both at the school and at Stratford Town’s grounds.
Mr Turrell said: “This partnership is a great opportunity for students wanting a football curriculum experience at Key Stage 4. We still have some places available for students interested who are currently studying in year 9. We are also now taking expressions of interest from students in year 8 for season 23/24”.