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We're very proud of the large number of programme participants that have gone on to achieve great things both on and off the field

Our football development pathway is geared to help players with their football, personal and career development.

Some of our former participants now play semi-pro/pro football, while some are currently Community Sports Foundation coaches and helping to develop the next generation of young footballers.

See some of our success stories:

Lauren Hemp

Lauren Hemp

England women’s international Lauren Hemp joined the Foundation from an early age, as part of our Girls’ Centre of Excellence.

During her time with the Foundation, she trained with the Boys EPDC, before signing for her first WFA club Bristol City.  She signed for Manchester City WFC in 2018, and won the PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year that year.

 

Angus Gunn

Angus Gunn

Aged just four years old, Angus Gunn attended our Mini Kickers sessions and was a regular at the Foundation’s Soccer Schools. He attended PDC/EPDC sessions, before signing for the Club’s Academy.

Following seven years at Manchester City’s Academy, Angus enjoyed a breakout season with Norwich City FC in 2017-18, before signing for Premier League Southampton FC.

Aimee Palmer

Aimee Palmer

Aimee’s involvement with CSF started in the school playground enjoying the Foundation’s School PPA activities. She attended our Girls’ Centre of Excellence, and like Lauren Hemp and Flo Allen, was signed by Bristol City WFC.

Following spells at the newly formed Manchester United WFC in 2018, and Sheffield United, she rejoined Bristol City WFC in 2020.

Tom Adeyemi

Tom Adeyemi

Midfielder Adeyemi has enjoyed a long career in the Football League with spells at Norwich City, Bradford City, Oldham Athletic, Brentford, Birmingham City, Cardiff City, Leeds United, Rotherham United, and most recently, Ipswich Town.

From the early age of 5 he enjoyed our Mini Kickers sessions and the PDC/EPDC, before signing the Academy aged nine.

Joe Rose

Joe Rose

City’s young goalkeeper Joe Rose progressed through all tiers of our development programmes from an early age.

His journey has taken him from the PDC to the EPDC, where he was a regular for our CSF Canaries, before joining our Football & Education programme aged 16 – where he spent one year with us before joining Norwich City U18s. He recently committed with them until 2021.

Todd Cantwell

Todd Cantwell

Midfielder Todd, who was born in Dereham, attended the Foundation’s Soccer Schools and our football development programmes.

He joined the Academy aged ten, and following a loan spell at Fortuna Sittard in Holland, was part of the title-winning Canaries side that got promoted to the Premier League in 2019.

Eddie Jackson

Eddie Jackson

When defender Eddie Jackson was released from the Academy at an early age, he joined our EPDC programme.

Following a successful tenure there, he was re-signed by the Academy.

Jordan Southgate

Jordan Southgate

A member of the U7s and U8s PDC/EPDC, Jordan was in the Academy for seven years.

After being released, he turned his attention to coaching, and joined the Community Sports Foundation aged 17 as an apprentice.

Nine years on, he now heads up the Football Department as the Senior Football Development Manager (U6-U16).

Summer Ward

Summer Ward

Once a member of our girls Centre of Excellence, Summer was among the first intake of girls in our Football & Education programme.

She joined the Foundation’s coaching team as an apprentice in 2018, and is now our Girls and Women’s Football Development Coordinator.

Aedan Oliver

Aedan Oliver

Aedan’s journey with CSF has seen him experience almost every step of our pathway.

Once a member of our EPDC and Norwich City’s Academy, he spent two-years as a student in our Football & Education programmes, before joining our coach apprentice scheme.

He currently coaches with the Foundation.

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Tom Weal

Tom Weal

Tom is currently Norwich City FC’s Head of Academy Goalkeeping.

As a youngster, Tom was in our GK PDC. Following University, Tom joined CSF initially as a member of the coaching team. Over the course of seven years his various roles included community coach, health trainer and Sports Development Officer.

He left CSF to take on Academy coaching roles at Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest, before joining Norwich City in 2018.