The Hub Club project has been created by The FA in partnership with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and British Colleges Sport (BCS) to support effective partnership working between clubs and education institutions.
The link up between Boro, the NRCFA and the university is the first of its kind in the region and opens the door to transform the junior infrastructure at the club while supporting education and community football delivery in the town.
As part of the project, all of the junior players from Scarborough Athletic have access to the floodlit, state-of-the-art 3G pitch and changing rooms for their weekly training sessions at the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus.
The Hub Club is also a chance for students from the university campus to access funding to train as qualified junior club coaches and referees.
Funding has been secured for four students to complete their FA Level One or Youth Award Module One coaching award, and to cover the cost for three students to go on a FA Basic Referee course.
As part of their training, they will gain practical experience with the junior teams at Boro to advance their skills.
For those interested in IT- based projects, Athletic are on the look out for students interested in sports reporting, social media and photography to gain valuable work experience and build links with local media outlets including The Scarborough News.
Furthermore, the three partner organisations in the Community Hub Club initiative hope to increase playing opportunities in the town, through the affiliation of additional teams at various junior age groups, covering small-sided games, youth and adult football.
Nigel Carson, head of youth development at Boro, said: “Utilising the excellent floodlit 3G pitch at the local university campus provides a sustainable environment for us to grow junior football at the club and improve community football participation in the town.
“As part of the project we are keen to bring through the next generation of coaches and referees, to give them a chance to hone their skills with our junior teams.”
Steph Turnbull, football development officer at North Riding FA, added: “The Hub Club project enables footballers from Scarborough Athletic access to the fantastic 3G facilities on campus to improve their skills throughout the year.
“The funding we’ve secured for coaching and referee courses, together with the experience of working with Boro to put their training into practice, presents a great opportunity for students interested in a career in sport.”