They have just secured promotion to Step 5 at the first time of asking and now Hashtag United have announced that the #Academy will return for a second series, which will be known as #Academy – Second Chance
The initiative, which will be broadcast on the club’s Youtube channel. aims to unearth footballing talent that may have slipped through the net, just like last series’ winner Scott Pollock, who has since gone on to secure a move to the Football League with Northampton Town.
In addition to this, several players from the previous series have also gone on to represent the Hashtag first team.
Applicants must be aged over the age of 16 and players of all positions are welcome.
The overall winner will receive a contract for next season worth up to £5000, as well as becoming an Adidas Glitch athlete with a sponsorship package included.
This comes after Hashtag enjoyed a superb start to life in the Non-League pyramid, winning the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Division One this season.
The club’s founder, Spencer Owen, said: “I’m very excited to be doing another season of the Hashtag Academy; the last one was fantastic.
“We found an amazing player in Scott Pollock who has gone on to exceed even our expectations in terms of what we expected from the series, although once we saw him, we knew what he was capable of and it’s great that he’s now getting that recognition.
“We hope we can find someone else capable of his achievements…or at least someone who’ll go on to play for us for a very long time! We also want to help players on their own football journey, whatever that may be; another top 6 applicant last time, Adam Lovatt, has since attracted attention from Leicester City, and that’s great.
“It proves the concept of the series, and we’d like to prove it again this year. It’s also obviously a great recruitment tool for us and the last series gave us over 10 players who went on to play for us. In terms of the season, I’m obviously delighted we’ve won the league in our first season.
“We knew we were capable of it but we also didn’t put any expectations on ourselves as it was a big ask. Lots of players hadn’t played at this level before and we needed to get used to what was required of us as a club as well, but I think the guys have done a great job on and off the pitch. I’m really happy with everything at the club so far, and hopefully we can continue the progress next season as we move up to Step 5.”
Applications can be made here.