Six weeks is also the exact same timespan where young kids get to escape the classroom for their summer months, jumpers for goalposts on Old Heath Rec and dreams of one day wearing the blue and white of your hometown club.
See where we’re heading with this one…?
A HUGE congratulations to Brooklyn Maiden, an under 9 player with St Edmunds Youth FC, the club that has become something of the adopted team of The Chronic over recent weeks. Brooklyn will be leaving St Edmunds in January having been scouted by Colchester United.
Richard Myers from St Edmunds explained:
“Brooklyn’s dream has come true as his has just received an invitation to join Colchester United youth team. Although this means he has to leave St Edmunds we are all very proud of him and look forward to watching his progress. Brooklyn had been playing for Norwich City during the last few months but the call from the U’s was an early Christmas present.”
Building relationships between local clubs and Col U was one of the themes that we picked up on during our recent visit to the Florence Park training ground
Academy Manager Tony Humes told The Chronic:
“The role of the Academy Manager is to produce young players through the ages groups to develop into professionals and ultimately into first team players for the football club.
The priority is football and to give the opportunity to make a career for themselves out of the game. But a major part of the programme is education as well. We have to give them the possibility that if they don’t quite make the grade they will hopefully get sufficient education to take it further into college or University. It is a major part as well as the football”
And so it seems that young Brooklyn is in safe hands.
As for a replacement for the St Edmunds U-9′s?
The club is always on the look out for new players. Training takes place on Saturday mornings at Magnolia Park on the Greenstead from 10am onwards.
Funny old game.