The Guernsey College Football Academy (GCFA) has received a welcome boost from its shirt and team sponsor, FCG, who has committed to supporting the Academy for a further three years.  FCG is the mind, management and strategic parent of UK distributed car insurance product 1ST CENTRAL.

In addition to the team’s kits, FCG’s ongoing sponsorship will help support the overall running costs of the Academy, enabling the students to continue their training and development which includes trips off-island to compete.

Guernsey College Football Academy director and GFC manager, Tony Vance said:

“We are naturally delighted that FCG has agreed to support us once again by committing to a further three years as our playing kit sponsor.  FCG’s generous backing of the College Academy has to date encouraged, supported and helped develop over 70 students, many of whom may not have remained in education, had the programme not been available.

“On top of that, these students have had the unique opportunity to play off island against UK College Academies, many of whom enjoy links to professional football clubs.  Securing FCG’s backing will undoubtedly allow even more students to embrace this unrivalled programme,” he said.

The Academy was introduced four years ago to encourage aspiring footballers to continue their studies and now supports 20 students.

Run in partnership with the Guernsey College of Further Education, it enables students to develop their footballing skills and combine academic studies with player development, helping them to progress towards their sporting and career aspirations. Students learn and develop by undertaking BTEC qualifications from Levels 1 – 3 and, through collaboration with the GFA, undertake sessions and fixtures overseen by professionally qualified coaches and trainers.

FCG group chief executive officer and chairman, Mike Leonard, said: “We are proud to be continuing our support for the GCFA for a further three years. At FCG it is our aim to support and enhance the communities in which we do business so it is great to be able to support an initiative that enables young people to continue their football training and development and helps teenagers continue with their education, which they may not have done without the programme.”