STUDENTS at Sarum Academy will be able to gain a qualification in football studies as Salisbury City moves its youth development programme to the school.

Post-16 boys will be able to apply for the course, which is being described as the equivalent of three A-levels.

It is hoped a course for girls will start next year.

Students will receive professional coaching from Salisbury City, while working towards an academic sports qualification.

They will also study additional vocational and academic subjects.

Talented footballers will be given the opportunity to train with the reserves and it is hoped that some will eventually play full-time for Salisbury City.

The new partnership between the school and the club will start in September.

After being awarded FA community club status, Salisbury City will also be working with the school to promote sport in local primary schools.

As part of Sarum Academy’s rewards programme, hard working students pupils at will be able to gain tickets to go to Salisbury FC matches and the school will be able to use facilities at the Ray McEnhill stadium.

Deputy principal Jen Moore said: “We are very excited about the opportunities our new partnership with Salisbury City has for our pupils and also for pupils in our local primary schools.”