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By Gary Clifford

It was a once in a lifetime experience for the Academy students as a coach from Valencia CF delivered a coaching session on Tuesday 16th January.

One of Valencia CF’s leading football coaches, Toni Navarro, praised Hungerford Town Football Academy students as ‘talented, intelligent, humble and willing to learn’ this week when he spent time sharing pro tips and techniques with students from the Academy.

The Academy is a joint project between Hungerford Town FC and Park House School that provides talented players aged 16 to 19 the opportunity to combine training and playing full-time at an elite level with studying A Levels, BTEC Level 3 or Level 2 programmes - an experience similar to that of the scholars at Valencia CF.

Gary Clifford, Academy Manager at Hungerford Town commented “The partnership with GPS International and Valencia CF gives the students some amazing opportunities that are beyond the reach of most players in the UK.

The education of our coaches and insight into the methods used by Valencia mean our players receive the highest levels of football programming, giving them all the tools to succeed in the game. Although the relationship is in its infancy, our players are already reaping the rewards and we are really excited to see how this will develop further in the future“

During his 5-day visit to the UK Toni, a UEFA Pro Licence Coach, has delivered world-class technical and brand support to both coaches and players. Following the afternoon spent with students from the Academy at Park House School Toni said “I am delighted with our work with GPS and excited for the future years ahead as we look to deepen our relationship with GPS in the UK and internationally. We are very happy to be using Park House School’s facilities at Newbury for our Professional Development Seminars.”

The Hungerford Academy has just announced its trial dates for 2018 for any players currently in school year 11 or 12 who'd like to be a part of the programme next year.

Players wishing to trial on Tuesday 13th February, 10am to 12pm at Park House School should contact Gary Clifford on 07516070687 or email to arrange their trial.

Updated 19:05 - 8 Aug 2018 by Mike Hall

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