The youth and reserve team boss at Port Vale is hailing the success of the NPLFA ahead of the League One club’s big match against this season’s star students from the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League’s ground-breaking academy.

Valiants coach Mick Ede said he believes the EVO-STIK NPL’s academy is playing a “vital” role in giving players who were passed over at a younger age a second chance and unearthing new talent before putting out a side against the NPLFA’s representative side at Kidsgrove Athletic’s Novus Stadium on Monday night.

Kicking off at 7pm, students representing Belper Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Mickleover Sports, Radcliffe Borough, Warrington Town and Witton Albion were called into the 18 man squad on Thursday to represent the NPLFA in the first prestigious inter-league fixture of 2017.

Ede said: “The NPL Football Academy is a vital part of the football system. Players develop at different levels and at different stages in their life. The NPLFA offers a quality standard of coaching and game play for those that have not quite made professional academies but are still striving to develop and make the professional level.”


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