Cops will be stronger for SETEC link

COPLESTONIANS will be a stronger force in the Kingsley Healthcare SIL next season.Boys who enrol in the SETEC development scheme at Copleston Sports College from next September must register to play for the Senior Division club.

Elvin King

COPLESTONIANS will be a stronger force in the Kingsley Healthcare SIL next season.

Boys who enrol in the SETEC development scheme at Copleston Sports College from next September must register to play for the Senior Division club.

Last season there was a connection to Ridgeons League, Premier Division Woodbridge Town and this campaign the link has centred around Coplestonians. From next season playing for Coplestonians will be a must.

Sean Thacker, football programme director, is now looking to recruit next year's intake and he said: “Other clubs must realise that boys on the SETEC scheme must register to play for Coplestonians Under-18's and Coplestonians senior teams from next September.

“For the rest of this season they can continue with their current clubs.”

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Thatcher is staging a trial for potential 2010/11 recruits on Monday December 21 from 9.30am, and he explained the aims of the scheme emphasising that winning will not be regarded as everything.

“If becoming the best all-round student, person and player within their capabilities is what they want, then joining the Copleston set-up will be of interest to applicants.

“If winning league titles and cup finals are the priorities, players are encouraged to try another football scheme.

“Education takes priority and all students must achieve a minimum of five grades of 'C' or better in their GCSE examinations or they are not offered a place.

“If Copleston Sixth Form does not offer the relevant courses and suit the students' academic needs, I will not offer them a place on the football scheme.”

In the last two years, over 80% of the students on the SETEC scheme have achieved examination results which have allowed them to pursue university placements.

To find out more about the SETEC trial contact Thacker on 07515 955557, e-mail seanthacker@hotmail.com or write to Sean Thacker, SETEC football director, Copleston Sports College, Copleston Road, Ipswich, IP4 5HD.

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