Northampton Town have confirmed the club’s former first team manager Colin Calderwood will lead a new international academy project.

The Northampton Town International Football Academy is intended to open in January next year, which is a collaboration with the private group FCV International Football Academy. FCV are a group that offer aspiring footballers aged 16 and over courses as part of a goal to help develop players from across the world.

Calderwood was manager of the Northampton first team from 2003-06, which was his first role in management after retiring as a player. He reached the League 2 play-offs before winning automatic promotion in 2005-06, which would be his final season before taking the job at Nottingham Forest. He would also manage Hibernian and Cambridge United, as well as having coaching roles at Newcastle, Birmingham and Brighton.

He told the club’s official site of his eagerness to get involved in the plan.

Calderwood said, “This is something different to what I’ve been used to, but it represents a worthwhile challenge for me. It has the freshness of a completely new project, with a different way to teach, learn and improve.

“I won’t be working with a focus on a game every Saturday but designing a structure and a syllabus to a greater extent than ever before, which is an attractive proposition. I’m looking forward to getting started.”