Congratulations to the Northampton Town Football & Education A team who have won the National Football Youth League South Championship.
The Cobblers played their final game of the season, against West Ham United, at the PTS Academy Stadium on Wednesday, after which they were presented with the league trophy!
The Cobblers Football & Education team played 20 games, winning 15, drawing two and losing only three, earning 47 points.
They scored a huge 100 goals, averaging 5 goals per game.
Earlier in the season, Scott Pollock became the first player from the club's Football & Education programme to play for the first team, and in recent weeks, Ethan Johnston, Eric Ameyaw, William Bates and James Hamill from the programme have all played for the Northampton Town youth team.
Ethan Johnston is the league's top goalscorer with 37 goals, while 26 of the students on the club's Football & Education programme this season have played in the Northampton Town Football & Education A team, meaning over 50% of the club's students have played in the title winning side.
The Cobblers have overcome the likes of Crystal Palace, Watford, Rochdale, Southampton, Plymouth, Bournemouth, West Ham United, Crawley, Oxford and MK Dons to claim the title.
The Football & Education team are the third Cobblers team to lift silverware this season, following on from the Northampton Town youth team and Northampton Town Ladies, who both won their respective leagues.
"This is fantastic news for the club and huge congratulations are due to the players and staff of the Northampton Town Education Centres," said Chairman Kelvin Thomas.
"Our Football and Education programme has enjoyed some season. Not only have they won their league, not only have we seen Scott Pollock come through in to the first team squad, but we also had the honour of a Royal Visit from HRH the Princess Royal in September to officially open our second centre.
"We are also seeing a growing number of players from our Football & Education programme coming through in to the under 18 Academy team and that is real proof of the player pathway at the club working.
"When you think the youth team won the EFL Youth Alliance South East Division, the seven players who signed professional contracts, the Northampton Town Ladies being Champions, our Family Excellence Award, our matchday experience being rated 16 out of 72 in the EFL for families and more, there is so much to be proud of, and it has been an excellent season for the club's infrastructure."
The Northampton Town Football & Education programme is a full-time education programme for 16-18 year olds, that combines a high quality, formal education qualification with a programme of Sports Industry specific work experience and playing opportunities in the National Football Youth League.
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