Four straight titles for Burnley College

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Burnley College’s Men’s Football Academy has won its fourth league title in a row, and reached the quarter finals of the British Colleges’ Elite National Cup.

Playing in the British Colleges’ Sport Men’s North West Premier Performance League, the Academy won 10 games, scoring 37 goals and conceding just nine.

They were also the only North West team to reach the quarter finals of the British Colleges’ Elite National Cup.

Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Programme Leader for Sport, Brad Pates said: “Our success this season is down to the commitment of the players and excellent work on and off the training ground from our new coaching team of Gerry Harrison and Barry Knowles.

“The philosophy of our Academy programmes is to develop athletes mentally, physically, technically and tactically to enable them to progress to professional or semi-professional clubs.

“To win four league titles along the way is a huge bonus and testament to the good work we do at the College.”

The Football Academy is playing under two new coaches this season in Harrison and Knowles.

Former Burnley, Sunderland, Watford, Bristol City, Luton Town and Hull City midfielder Gerry was named coach of the Male Football Academy at the beginning of the season, and Barry was recently added to the coaching staff.

Barry played over 300 games in defence for Wigan Athletic in the 1980s, winning the Freight Rover Trophy in 1985.

After hanging up his boots, he enjoyed roles as youth team coach at Wigan Athletic and Everton – working with a young Wayne Rooney – and as Head of Youth Development at Blackpool Football Club.

Barry, who is a UEFA A qualified coach, now combines his role at the College with delivering the Football Association’s Talent ID course.

He also works with the Premier League’s Youth Development team, a role which includes working with young players in Azerbaijan.