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Albion launch 'late birthday' project

Academy offering second chance trials to boys born from May to August

ALBION’S Academy is searching for promising young footballers who were born late in the school year.

Many children born in May, June, July or August, are overlooked when they are compared to older and stronger players in their year group.

The club are holding open training sessions during February half-term (Monday 17 to Friday 21) aimed at boys in this category, in an effort to unearth talented footballers who have previously been overlooked by scouts.

“Everything will be free, fun and without pressure, so the boys have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” said the Baggies’ Head of Academy Recruitment, Steve Hopcroft.

“It may be the first time the boys have trained and played with players of a similar age.

“This is a unique project and our research shows there is a clear bias towards recruiting players born in the first half of the academic year. 

“Hopefully we can find some young talented players who have previously been overlooked.”

Are you in year 4, 5, 7 or 8 at school?

Do you play for a team in a competitive league?

Are you an under-9, 10, 12 or 13 player?

Were you born in May, June, July or August?

If you answered yes to ALL of the above questions then you qualify to attend a trial day at the club’s Academy. 

Under-nines and tens players interested should call Steve Hopcroft on 07961 704 595.

While Under-12s and 13s players should contact assistant recruitment officer, Tom Brady on 07786 911 090.