First link-up session between college and Norwich City hailed a success


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The first of three trial sessions that could see youngsters in East Cambridgeshire propelled into football and coaching superstardom has been hailed a success.

Norwich City has joined up with Ely College Sixth Form to offer 24 students the chance to train with club coaches, represent the club in fixtures, take part in trips and learn about life in the sports business as part of a two-year scholarship.

The first of three sessions was held on February 14 at the college and organiser Alex Kaufman said there had been some promising talent on show.

He said: “The session went really well and the standard was very good. We started with a presentation for candidates and parents and followed on with a 90-minute practice session so they could get a feel for the sorts of things we will be doing.”

The club has two more sessions lined up for students aged 16-18, set to take place on at Ely College, in Downham Road, on Saturdays April 18 and June 6, from 1-4pm.

Ben Gibbs, chair of governors at the college, said: “Norwich City’s development programme presents a fantastic opportunity for young people in the region to use their passion for football as the basis for a possible career in the game, or indeed in the wider sports industry.

“The programme requires commitment as well as skill, but the rewards will be second to none. I am delighted that Ely College Sixth Form is hosting this, and look forward to watching it develop in years to come.”

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To register your initial interest in a scholarship and book on the trial, or have questions regarding any element of the programme, contact Mr Kaufman, on 07500229619 or e-mail,