Former Clarets holding trials in bid to unearth future stars

Andy Payton and Ash Hoskin
Andy Payton and Ash Hoskin

Former Clarets Andy Payton and Ash Hoskin will be holding an X-Pro Football Academy trial night on Thursday, August 1st.

The pair are hoping to enter four young teams - ranging from Under nines to Under 12s - in to the local Sunday leagues for the start of the new season.

The trials will take place at the Spirit of Sport Centre in Ormerod Road, Burnley, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. and those that impress will be drafted in to the newly formed squads.

X-Pro coaching sessions take place on Wednesday evenings with Payton, who scored 232 career goals, and Hoskin who is a fully qualified UEFA A licenced coach.

“The ultimate aim is to feed these youngsters in to local clubs such as Burnley FC,” said Hoskin. “We want to move them towards professional clubs.

“It’s a great opportunity for them and this gives them the chance to put what they’ve learnt in to a match situation. It’s an extra opportunity for them to get noticed.

“We’re entering four teams in to the local league and we’re looking for players to join us.”

To register for the sessions, which cost £5 per person, contact Ash Hoskin on 07952 802398 or via email at Alternatively, those interested can contact Andy Payton on 07413 818712 or Stewart Scott on 07878 894602.