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Local footballers play key role in Brooke House College Football Academy cup success

Brooke House College Football Academy, whose team features 4 Bermudians, won the National Small Schools’ cup boys Under-14 title (Photograph supplied)

Bermudians Kennahz Fray, Chedi Smith, Xenai Savery-Williams and Nayan Grant helped Brooke House College Football Academy clinch the Under-15 National Small Schools’ Cup in England.

The Leicestershire-based school thumped rivals King James Academy, Royston, 5-0 with defender Grant scoring in the one-sided final played at The Hawthorns, home venue of Sky Bet Championship side West Bromwich Albion, on May 24.

There was added incentive for the local players to perform as the tournament was attended by scouts from various football league clubs.

“Scouts have been in attendance during these cup games, so it has been a brilliant way for them to showcase their talents around the UK,” Leandro Browne, the Brooke House College Football Academy coach, told The Royal Gazette.

“To add to that they have also played in some competitive friendlies throughout the season, including other elite-level football programmes and professional clubs such as Coventry City, Burton Albion, Lincoln City and The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid Football Club.”

The tournament is considered as one of the biggest school competitions in the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, last week’s triumph was not the first for the promising local players and their fellow team-mates this season as they als won the Wisbech Cup in front of more football league scouts.

Fray, Smith, Savery-Williams and Grant have made steady strides in their development at the school and all played integral roles in its success this season.

“Overall, they all played a major part throughout the season, only managing to lose three games,” Browne said.

“It has been excellent to see how they all have progressed in different ways from the technical, tactical and the physical side of the game after coming from Bermuda into a whole new environment alongside players from all over the world.

“It has been a pleasure to work with all four of them and I look forward to seeing how they all progress in their football development as they mature throughout their teenage years.”

Former Leicester City manager Micky Adams is the technical director at Brooke House College Football Academy, with the school having strong ties to his former club who were recently relegated from the Premier League.

Adams made 144 appearances in the top flight during a five-year playing stint with Southampton and has also coached Coventry City, Swansea City, Fulham and Nottingham Forest.

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Published June 01, 2023 at 5:41 pm (Updated June 01, 2023 at 5:41 pm)

Local footballers play key role in Brooke House College Football Academy cup success

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