King's Lynn hand five youngsters contracts from partnership with KES Academy
Five youngsters from the King’s Lynn Town Football Academy scheme have signed contracts with the club’s first team.
The quintet of Tyler Knowles, Mitchell Rasberry, Albie Howe, Ethan Wilson and Nico Costa have all put pen-to-paper for the Linnets with the former coming on as a substitute in the FA Trophy victory over Nantwich Town on Saturday.
It follows on from young striker Joe Taylor – who is continuing his studies at KES – signing for Championship outfit Peterborough last month.
The boys have been brought into the fold by new manager Tommy Widdrington who believes in promoting youth at The Walks.
They are currently training daily with first team while still studying at KES and also training with academy under new coaches Alex Cross and Alex Cook.
Academy manager Alex Cross said: “We are very pleased to be in a position as a National League football club to have five players all receive squad numbers which is testament to the players, their families and everyone connected with KES.
“Along with Bradley Ironside, who is also training with the first team regularly, as a club we have an unrivalled and clear pathway to professional football.
“These young men are gaining opportunities through their desire and determination to continue developing and we will support them as much as possible on their journey.”
Alistair White, head of sixth form at KES, said: “One of the key goals of our partnership with KLTFC is to offer students new opportunities and the chance to fulfil their potential as footballers.
“It is therefore great to see more of our students making the next step in their football careers.
“Their success shows the clear pathway that exists between the U19 Academy, based at KES and the KLTFC first team.
“Just as important for me as head of sixth form is the education and enrichment opportunities we provide students.
“All of these boys have been involved with supporting the coaching and officiating of lower school football and primary school sports festivals.
This has helped develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills which I am sure will help them both in the classroom and on the football pitch.
“We are also able to offer students a wide range of level 3 qualifications to study alongside their football programme, something I believe is almost unique amongst football academy partnerships.
“Students do not have to study sport and physical activity and are free to choose from a range of other options.
“I look forward to further opportunities for our students from our partnership with KLTFC and wish the boys every success.
KES principal Sarah Hartshorn added: “I’m so very proud of them, it is great to see the collaboration continue to provide opportunities for our students. The recognition is truly deserved, they have been working extremely hard, both off and on the pitch.”