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Basford United Community Coach looks back on successful Academy Trials

By Josh Wing

Community coach Liam Hearn reflects back on the recent Academy trials as the club sets to role out the education programme for 2018.

Friday 8th June saw Greenwich Avenue host trials for the education programme at Basford United.

Various young talents turned up to show the club their ability as well as seeing if the programme was for them.

Recently appointed as Community Coach, Liam Hearn attended the trials as his work in the academy gets underway.

Liam Hearn Trials interview

Liam was not only pleased by the turn-out on the night but also impressed by the ability shown, Hearn said; '(the trials were) really positive, the numbers were brilliant and the standard was again, fantastic'.

In his interview, Liam also highlighted the importance of these trials for Basford United; 'We just got to keep pushing it now to get the best players in Nottingham and we want to be the best academy in Nottingham'.

As a striker himself, Hearn believes players should look to relish in opportunities like this. He went on to say; 'put yourself out there. Sometimes you just go to take a leap. Once you take that leap and believe in yourself, anything is possible.'

It was Hearn's first set of trials attended as community coach and was a great opportunity for him to experience the programme first-hand.

Basford's education programme runs in correlation with Nottingham College and even offers the chance to study vocational courses. Players have to study a full-time course at Levels 2 or 3 in YMCA or BTEC Sport and may also have to study mathematics and English (depending on GCSE results).

Those who participated in the trials will be contacted and their parents will receive an update within the coming week.

Be sure to watch Liam Hearn's full interview in this article!

Updated 20:59 - 25 Jun 2018 by Neil McGowan

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