Training the stars of the future

Graham Frost invites aspiring footballers to enrol with Enfield Borough FC’s youth programme

Enfield Borough club chairman Marvin Walker
Enfield Borough club chairman Marvin Walker

Enfield Borough FC have linked up with College of North East London (Conel) to provide aspiring footballers with a chance to gain valuable experience.

Players at Conel’s academy will receive professional coaching three times a week, play matches in a college football league, work with a sports analyst to review games and have access to supervised fitness training and medical support, among many other benefits.

Links between Enfield Borough and Conel in Enfield Highway are long standing. Club chairman Marvin Walker said: “The club have used the facilities at Conel as a home ground for our youth teams since they were founded.

“We also play our pre-season friendlies at the same location and have partnered with the college in previous schemes designed to give local young people access to free coaching and facilities.”

The issue of providing opportunities for talented young footballers with a chance to showcase their talents is something that is close to Marvin’s heart.

He said: “When Enfield Borough was founded in 2016, one of the main objectives was to give young players an avenue through which they could transition from youth team football into the men’s game, something that many find very difficult to accomplish physically.

“Our success rate has been very good, with three of our players signing contracts with Football League clubs, while a fourth is currently on trial with a Premier League club. Many others have moved to non-league clubs higher up the footballing pyramid where, not only are they paid to play football, but their abilities are in the shop window for professional clubs to look at and assess their potential.”

Enfield Borough FC
Enfield Borough FC’s current squad

The club acted as a base from which players can move on in their careers, but has also established itself as one of the most successful local youth teams. In 2020/21 Borough’s two teams competing in the Eastern Junior Alliance won their respective divisions at under-15 level, losing just one of a total of 32 league matches between them. This season, competing as under-16s, they sit first and third in their respective divisions.

Marvin said: “The Eastern Junior Alliance is a very good standard of football for our young players. The particularly pleasing aspect is that a few have made the transition into the Enfield Borough first team at the age of 16.

“We have never been afraid to give youth its head and that will continue to be our approach in the future.”

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