Students could be serving up gourmet meals at test matches now a Notts college has teamed up with Trent Bridge to offer a new catering course.

Full-time courses in Professional Cookery and Events and Hospitality are on the menu at Central College Nottingham from September, with students spending 16 to 20 hours a week learning in the 17,000-seater cricket stadium's world-class facilities.

The one or two-year courses, open to 16-18 year-olds or adults, could see students working at England's Test against India next year, or the 2015 Ashes with Australia.

Sheridan Taylor, 17, of Clifton, Ben Ball, 17, of Ruddington and Francia Bendo, 21, from St Ann's, are all interested in taking up the course.

Sheridan, who wants to become a hotel manager, said: "I like the event planning, which will definitely help me in the future. My grandad will be so proud I'm working at Trent Bridge."

Francia, originally from France, enjoys cooking a range of meals.

"It's going to be a fantastic opportunity," she said. "I like the hands-on experience it will offer."

Ben is looking forward to working with new people in a sociable environment.

He told the Post: "It will give me a broad range of experience to take into different industries.

"I keep up with the cricket, so working at a world-class facility like Trent Bridge will be amazing."

Luke Fletcher, opening bowler for Notts County Cricket Club is a former student of Central College and gained a qualification as a gym instructor.

He said: "It's great that the club interacts with the community. I think it's important. It's good experience for the kids and they can also watch some cricket."

Fletcher, from Bulwell and now living in Gamston, said that before being offered a professional contract at Notts he worked as a chef at Hooters.

"I'm a dab hand at frying chicken and I'd look to go back into that business after my playing career ends," he said.

Adam Beazeley, head of school at Central College Nottingham said: "The idea is that the staff here will be working directly with the students. Further education is not just about providing qualifications, but about linking students in to employers.

"They will be learning the necessary skills in a hands-on environment with real customers which has a huge value in becoming employable."

Justin Tose, commercial director at Trent Bridge, said: "This is a fantastic partnership for both them and us. We are looking forward to having a few young people around on a day-to-day basis and they could very well be future employees."

He explained that although the ground's main focus is cricket, they host conferences, meetings, functions and weddings.

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