FORMER Southend United manager Steve Tilson is looking to bolster his South Essex College squad for next season.

The former Shrimpers boss now heads up the college’s academy.

And Tilson is aiming to bring in players, who are currently in Year 11, for the 2021/22 campaign.

“The academy programme offers education for 16-19 year olds, incorporating full-time training with post-16 education across four days,” said Tilson.

“Students will have the opportunity to study a sport qualification relevant to career interests and gain an understanding of the football industry while developing their own football skills and performance.”

And Tilson also feels the course will help prepare students for careers in sport.

“It will help students to prepare for a career in the sport industry or act as a stepping stone to a higher education course,” said Tilson.

“The football academy programme works in collaboration with Concord Rangers Football Club and will allow you to benefit from a range of opportunities, including guest speakers, American Scholarships, work experience and the opportunity to have your football skills and ability developed by qualified coaches.

“The students will train two times a week and get the chance to play in The National League u19 Alliance/Essex Schools U19 league as well as various cup competitions and tournaments.”

To express your interest in joining the South Essex College football academy email for more information.