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Parents bid to keep Blues academy open

PARENTS of young players affected by the closure of Wycombe Wanderers' Centre of Excellence are in talks with the club about paying to keep it open themselves.

PARENTS of young players affected by the closure of Wycombe Wanderers' Centre of Excellence are in talks with the club about paying to keep it open themselves.

Wanderers shut the successful academy earlier this month as it continues to cut costs ahead of a takeover by the Wycombe Wanderers Trust.

Three youngsters - Kortney Hause, Emmanuel Ighorae and Junior Morais - were offered professional deals but all other scholars were released and staff lost their jobs.

But parents of the released teenagers have formed the Chairboys Academy Trust in the hope of being able to fund the Centre of Excellent themselves and will meet with club bosses at Adams Park on Monday to try and thrash out a deal.

A Trust statement said: "It is clear that this venture will need substantial and on-going funding in order to remain viable, however, there was considerable support for an alternative to closure voiced at a recent meeting of the Centre of Excellence parents, and the upcoming meeting will provide an opportunity to address the situation if there is a desire to do so.

"The club is cautiously optimistic that this venture can prove to be successful in the short timescales available for completion."

The closure is being blamed on new Elite Player Performance Plan rules which will see Football League clubs limited in the transfer fees they can receive for young players.

 

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