Robins to hold an open trials day for aspiring stars

Ilkeston FC are to hold an open trials day at the New Manor Ground next month with a view to signing up new recruits to their much-admired academy.

It will take place on Thursday, February 20 and those involved will get the chance to reveal their potential at a training and skills session in the morning before playing in a match in the afternoon.

Said manager Kevin Wilson: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the progress our academy has made in less than three years with a steady stream of talented young players emerging to press for first-team places.

“It’s true to say that everything so far has gone according to plan but we are extremely aware of the need to keep pushing on. There’s always room for improvement and we must constantly strive to raise our standards.

“It’s a reflection of the reputation we’ve gained that we get enquiries all the time from people wanting to join us and the idea of staging a trials day in January is to make an early start with assessing candidates for next summer’s new intake of scholars.

“The majority of those will be school-leavers but we also have immediate vacancies within the academy and if anyone makes a big impression during the trials, we will offer them places to join us straight away.”

Although scholarships are currently offered to 16-year-olds on a two-year basis there is a possibility that three-year courses will be introduced for next season.

Anyone interested in taking part in the trials day should e-mail their application to k.wilson@ilkestonfc.co.uk.