Port Vale’s academy are holding open trials next month.
The club is inviting players at under-12, 13, 14 and 15 level to apply for the trials which will take place during the Easter holidays.
The advert follows the academy’s trial day last season when more than 100 youngsters attended talent identification sessions specifically for left-footed players.
The Vale’s academy has produced two of the current first-team defence – right back James Gibbons, and centre half Nathan Smith.
The latest trials are open to all players, right or left footed, as Vale explain.
The club say: “Are you in a Development Centre/Shadow Squad, recently had a trial with an Academy or tearing up your grassroots league? Then this is for you…
“After last season’s successful left footer talent identification day, where we had over 100 left footers attending the session, we are now hosting trial games for all players in u12/13s and u14/u15s age groups in the Easter holiday.
“On Tuesday 7th April, players will be involved in an 11v11 game with Port Vale Academy coaches taking the games, where players can showcase their ability.
• U12s/13s – 10am – 12pm
(School year 7 and 8)
• U14s/15s – 1pm-3pm
(School year 9 and 10)
“Our ‘Academy open trial games’ is free to register, which is aimed at players in age groups u12/13s/14s/15s in the current 2019/20 season, who believe they have the ability or potential to play in Academy football who haven’t been scouted yet.
“If you would like to showcase your ability in the games, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details below.
“On receipt of receiving your email, you will be informed whether your son has been accepted or not and will be given the address of the venue. Due to the number of applicants expected, please give as much information as you can and any video clips of you playing which will enhance your application.
“Due to the English Football League Rules, players must live within 1 hour 30 minutes travelling distance to Port Vale, therefore any applications that exceed this, will be rejected.”
Vale are asking applicants to supply the following information…
• School Year:
• Address / Contact Number:
• Position 1:
• Position 2:
• Playing History / Clubs trialled at:
Vale add: “Following assessment, those players seen as having the potential to progress will be invited to one of our positive pathways
• Port Vale Academy Trial
• Port Vale Development Centre
• Port Vale Community Trust Sessions.”