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‘Massive boost’ for junior football as Burnley College and Clitheroe Wolves FC seal three-year partnership

Burnley College Sixth Form Centre has signed an exciting deal with youth football club Clitheroe Wolves in what is being described as ‘a massive boost for the community in the Ribble Valley’.

The three-year agreement will see the club’s coaching team and players proudly display the College’s name on new clothing and training equipment. The players will also have the opportunity to take part in Strength and Conditioning Training at Fitness Evolution’s new Evolution Performance Centre, Burnley College’s award-winning on-site gym and fitness centre.

Clitheroe Wolves FC has more than 60 teams of players, ranging from the under-sevens to under-18s.

Ross Hibbert, Chairman of Clitheroe Wolves, says there’s so much support for the club within the community:

“We’ve always had the support of our players’ parents and we’re always grateful for that. But to be able to work hand in hand with Burnley College is amazing.

“We now have more than 1,000 players and more than 60 teams so, to sign up with a professional and respected institution such as Burnley College is a massive boost.

“We’re looking forward to Clitheroe Wolves players enjoying the professional experience and seeing the results on the football pitch!”


“We’re really looking forward to coming in and training under the guidance of the experts at Fitness Evolution, using the same equipment on which top-level footballers and other athletes train.”

Ross Hibbert

Chairman of Clitheroe Wolves

Clitheroe Wolves was formed in 1992, initially comprising of just two teams playing in the Accrington Boys League and Burnley Youth. The club has continued to grow over the years and now has several teams for each age group and girls’ teams.

Evolution Performance Centre, the new £2 million extension to Fitness Evolution, sees Students, Fitness Trainers and elite athletes within the community given access to the latest Sport and Fitness technology, including a Cryotherapy Suite, Environmental Chamber and High Performance Gym.

Ashley Alderson, Manager of Fitness Evolution, said:

“We’re looking forward to working with the young footballers at Clitheroe Wolves, helping them to optimise their performance on the pitch through strength and conditioning training and focussed fitness plans”


“We hope that, enjoying a taste of the fitness regimes and determination needed by professional footballers may inspire them to follow a career in Sport and Fitness – whether that’s as a professional athlete or in one of the many behind-the-scenes roles in this growth industry.”

Ashley Alderson

Manager of Fitness Evolution

Our state-of-the-art facilities set Burnley College apart from the rest and ensure we’re a national beacon for sports and fitness excellence. Talk to us about tailored packages to help you or your sports team reach their peak, call the Fitness Evolution team on 01282 733180.

Or, apply now to start studying on our exciting Sports and Fitness courses – whether you’re taking GCSEs this summer, are an existing sport or fitness professional, are returning to learning or want to study at degree-level. Search our Courses online at burnley.ac.uk, email [email protected] or call 01282 733373.