A Doncaster-based charity and educator has teamed up with an
internationally renowned football academy to give budding sport
stars a place to call home.
Doncaster College for the Deaf will be the dwelling for all
16-24 year old budding footballers on the books of Esprit Football
Academy based at the Keepmoat Stadium, for the length of their
Football players enroll on one or two-year courses with Esprit
Football Academy, who run elite football development programmes for
players with a desire to make it as a football professional.
The teenagers and young adults - who come from across the world
to train with the top class coaches at the academy - will be
staying in the accommodation blocks at the Leger Way site and will
also be able to use the sports and fitness facilities, too.
Current Esprit players hail from Malta, India, the Cayman
Islands and Oman, and some have been chosen to represent their
countries at the forthcoming Olympics.
Alistair Boyd-Meaney, managing director of Esprit Football
Academy said; "We were looking at potential accommodation but we
didn't find any that was suitable until we visited the Deaf
"We initially placed our players on site for a temporary basis
but this has now become a permanent decision given the help and
support of Bobbie Roberts and her team at the Trust and the ideal
facilities on offer.
"If we'd placed the players in a hotel, they wouldn't have had
access to a sports hall, football pitches and a gym. So the
partnership is perfect!"
Bobbie Roberts chair of trustees said; "This is the start of a
sound professional partnership between two Doncaster organisations
and I look forward to working with the Esprit team for many years
to come as this relatively new business continues to grow and