Mansfield Town FC Appoint Ex-Leicester City Player as Brooksby Melton College’s Elite Football Development Programme Lead!

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Tommy Wright

BMC students now have the opportunity to train with Tommy Wright, as part of the College’s Elite Football Development Programme!

September 2020 will mark the start of the next chapter in the Mansfield Town and Brooksby Melton College partnership.

Tommy Wright, a former Leicester City and England Youth International player will take control of the programme and be tasked with finding the next batch of BMC students to earn professional contracts with Mansfield Town Football Club. Following on from the success of the Football and Education programme, the partnership continues to go from strength to strength, with Alistair Smith and Jimmy Knowles being the latest duo to break into the first team.

After making his Professional debut as a 17 year old for Leicester City in the Premier League, Wright went on to enjoy 12 years as a Professional Footballer, representing teams such as Barnsley, Brentford, Blackpool and Aberdeen before entering into Management at the age of 29 with Corby Town, Nuneaton Borough and Darlington. During his 6 years of Management, he helped produce 3 England C Internationals, transferred 5 players into Professional Football and also handed out 48 first team debuts to 16-19 year olds, emphasising his passion for youth development.

With a new and improved Training, Strength and Conditioning and Analysis schedule now in place, there will also be an enhanced games programme, which will create more games during the week, plus plans to create a Saturday side.

The training facilities at BMC provide students with the best possible chance to progress and have created a very professional environment. The programme operates alongside other professional sports clubs at the College, including Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and Leicester City Women Football Club.

The first set of trials will begin on:

Friday 13th December
19:00 – 21:00
Brooksby Melton College, Brooksby, Leicestershire, LE14 2LJ

Anyone interested in finding out more information about the Elite Football Development Programme, or applying for the trials should contact Tommy Wright at

This will be the first opportunity for students and parents to find out more about the special partnership between Mansfield Town FC and Brooksby Melton College.

The Football and Education programme is designed for 16-21 year olds and based at the College’s Brooksby Campus.

Unlike competing programmes where a 2-3 year route is offered at Level 2 or 3, Brooksby Melton College can provide a 5 year route which gives players the opportunity to continue to combine Football with their studies as they earn a BSc in Sports Science, accredited by the University of East Anglia.