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We're very proud of the students from our programme that have gone on to achieve great things both on and off the field

Our football and education programmes are designed to maximise student’s career development and opportunities.

To date, numerous students have moved onto higher education and employment, with opportunities including overseas scholarships in the USA, semi-pro & pro football, internships at Norwich City Football Club, and of course, employment with the Community Sports Foundation.

Here are some of our success stories:

Billy Johnson

Billy Johnson

Talented goalkeeper Billy joined the Foundation’s Football & Education programme in 2017.

After impressing, he spent time training with the Canaries during the summer of 2018, and was subsequently offered a deal for the upcoming season.

Reflecting on the deal, he said: “If it wasn’t for the CSF programme, I wouldn’t be here right now. They gave me the opportunity to get an education and play regular football.”

Alice Parker

Alice Parker

Alice studied with our girls’ Football & Education programme for a year, before getting her dream move to West Ham United Women’s FC Academy.

Settling in well with the U21s, she has been enjoying training with the first team.

Keiren Underdown

Keiren Underdown

Keiren left the Foundation with D*D*D*, and was offered a prestigious scholarship at the Hawkeye Community College in the U.S.A.

Following outstanding dedication to his sport and studies, he was named as an All-American Collegiate in 2019 and the Hawkeye’s 2019 Male Athlete of the Year.

He is now studying and playing football at Upper Iowa University.

Photo credit: Eastern Daily Press

Ish Fatadjo

Ish Fatadjo

A Premier League Kicks participant in Gorleston, Ish was signposted to the our Football & Education programme by CSF coaches.

Achieving the programme’s necessary entry grades of 5 A-C GCSEs was a challenge for someone who didn’t see English as their first language, but with hard work, and some additional support from our team, Ish was able to do exactly that.

After two successful years with the Foundation, he joined Portuguese club S.C. Beira-Mar in 2018.

Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett

Jamie excelled during his time as a student on the programme, achieving a triple disctinction (D*) grade with us.

His passion for coaching meant that the Foundation’s apprentice programme was the next obvious step, and he is currently working with participants in our disability programme.

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 last year, and is now a full-time coach.

Olly Sykes

Olly Sykes

Olly struggled to settle at mainstream sixth form; CSF was his third sixth form when he joined us in 2017

During his time with us, he represented Norwich City Football Club in Tampa, Florida and bowed out with a triple distinction (D*D*D*) grade.

He is now studying a Football Studies degree with CSF, and still volunteers with us as a match analysis lead.

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.