The Player Development – Term Review – October 2021

by Nov 5, 2021

From early league leaders, a run in the FA Youth Cup, to senior first team recognition, our national scholars have really delivered on the pitch during the first term of the new academic year. Read on as we look at the highlights of each programme, having kicked off the season in impressive form.


The Sheffield ‘Development’ squad have had a great start to the Sheffield & Hallamshire CFA College Flexi League, sitting top of the table (at the time this blog was produced) with four convincing wins from four games.

The team has played well with strong performances all over the pitch including a good win against Sheffield Wednesday F.C Community Programme. Special mention would have to go to Oliver Newton who scored a contender for goal of the term (see video at the bottom of this blog) and maybe goal of the season.

The Sheffield ‘Performance’ squad have also made a good start to the season in their league sitting third in the table after 3 games with 2 wins on the board.

Congratulations to ‘Performance’ squad srtriker Kevin Gabou who outside of the college has been training and selected to represent Sheffield F.C U18 and reserves team which is a great achievement.

It has been great to see the new scholars who joined the programme in September forge a great team spirit with the second year scholars. The team spirit and application shown in training on a weekly basis really has shown in the performances they have delivered in the first month of the season.



Scholars from the Lowestoft and Norwich ‘Performance Squad’ had the great experience of competing in the inaugural FA Youth Cup due to the partnership with Lowestoft Town F.C. Having beaten Mulbarton and Gorleston in the preliminary rounds, the future blues were unlucky to concede a heart-breaking late winner against a strong Kings Lynn outfit, denying them the opportunity to potentially be drawn against a league academy club in the next round.

However in the league, the ‘Performance’ squad have made a fantastic start to the very competitive UCFB National League U19 Alliance sitting fourth in the table with three wins from four games. The next term will see the young blues have some exciting games against West Ham United and Norwich City F.C comparative programmes.

It has also been fantastic to see seven of the ‘Performance’ squad catch the eye of Lowestoft Town FC first team manager Jamie Godbold and be selected to play in the Southern Football League Challenge cup fixtures. Congratulations to Josh Harvey, Adam Sherwood, Tyrese Melo, Owen Lane, Henri Arnold, Jack Atkinson and Jacob Landles for their achievements, with Josh and Adam also being regularly involved in weekend matchday squads for the first team, also scoring their first senior goals.

Both the Norwich and Lowestoft ‘Development’ squads have had tough starts to the season playing top of the league sides in the AOC College Leagues . However both squads are through to the next round of the AOC College Cup with the Norwich scholars convincingly beating higher league opposition DESA in the first round 9-0.

A positive sight for the Lowestoft ‘Development’ squad is to have striker Connor Lewis back in action and amongst the goals following a long two year absence with a bad ACL injury sustained prior to joining our programme. During his time on the side lines Connor has discovered a passion for coaching through a range of community football projects the college is linked too.

The lads from both development and performance squads have done really well since joining the programme or returning for their second year. The challenge of the FA Youth Cup starting prior to the academic year, is one the lads embraced and quickly found a good team spirit and connection. They had a great win against Mulbarton in the first round and shall we say a determined win against rivals Gorleston in the second. I was bitterly disappointed for the lads against a higher ranked Kings Lynn side to lose in the dying minutes, but they have really pushed on and given me some committed performances in the Alliance league with three wins from four. I am looking forward to seeing them develop as a team and individuals as the season progresses.



We finish our player development review with our ‘Goal Of The Term’ contenders which our staff will be choosing the top three very soon. Watch this space but in the meantime why not watch the goals below and visit our YouTube channel to comment on your favourite.

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