East Coast College has partnered with Dereham Town FC to expand its programme which allows students to play football while studying for a degree.

Through Dereham's academy pathway, students are being given the chance to study for a a foundation degree in sport, health and exercise, alongside football training with UEFA-qualified staff.

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Structured training is in place to help them improve their technical ability, tactical understanding and athleticism.

The degree programme complements DESA, a partnership with Dereham Sixth Form which allows pupils to obtain a Level 3 BTEC in sport alongside their education.

Magpies chairman Ashley Bunn said: "We are delighted to offer this programme at our club. It's a great opportunity for young people locally and we are proud to be part of it."

To apply, visit eastcoast.ac.uk/courses/fdsc-sport-health-and-exercise-dereham-football-club.

Based in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, East Coast College is a founding partner of the University of Suffolk.