Gateshead College and Gateshead FC confirm new partnership.

Former Gateshead FC Head Coach / Reserve Team Manager, and Head Coach of the Football Academy at Gateshead College, Paul Bryson, is the Birtley Town Manager.

He will also be in charge of Gateshead FC's youth sides that will play in the Football Conference Youth Alliance and the FA Youth Cup.

Bryson and Gateshead boss Anth Smith will monitor the players progress throughout the season.

The final element of the partnership will see a continuation of the college's sponsorship of the club's Football Conference Alliance Youth side.

It is an exciting link-up which has major benefits to both Gateshead Football Club and Gateshead College.

"It is a great deal for both parties," said Gateshead chairman Graham Wood "who are in close proximity of each other on the International Stadium site.

"The link-up last season was a success and there are more talented young players coming through the college production line."

The quality was there for all to see in 2012/13 when Gateshead reached the third round of the FA Youth Cup for only the second time in the club's history.

"The partnership also gives the college a unique advantage over other colleges in the region as they can offer a direct pathway into the professional game.

"I am delighted that two respected and progressive institutions, Gateshead Football Club and Gateshead College, have come together to further the ambitions of top local talent and look forward to a prosperous future."

Gateshead manager Anth Smith, a former coach at Gateshead College, can also see nothing but good coming from the partnership.

"It was a success last year with three YTS lads getting a taste of Conference football and another, goalkeeper Jordan Nixon, on the bench for every game," said Smith.

"It is important to put the foundations in place and get the right infrastructure so that there is a pathway for top local talent to progress into the professional game.

"The link-up with Gateshead College has already been a success as we have taken on five of last year's YTS intake and I am sure there will be more to come in the future."

Bryson, meanwhile, believes his home town club, Gateshead, will reap the benefits of the partnership whilst giving the college the chance to pick up some of the best young players in the North East.

"I am delighted that both parties have agreed the partnership, and both will get plenty out of it," said Bryson.

"Developing young players to be future stars for Gateshead is my main objective, and a goal that can be realised.

"The link-up is ideal because it will allow us to attract the best players locally that are not already at Newcastle or Sunderland, and give us the chance to work on them and bring them on.

"I'm excited and delighted that Gateshead Football Club and Gateshead College have come together and this is good news for the local community."