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Brooklyn FC reaps benefits of York City experience

30th April 2015

In January, York City Foundation with the help of sponsors Benenden, ran a competition for local grassroots football teams to win the opportunity to play against one of the City Elite teams. 
In order to enter, Grassroots managers had to answer the following question correctly to go into a draw to see which club would play. 

"The FA's long term development programme recommends that coaches should be addressing the four corners of a players development. What are the names of the four corners of development?"

Brooklyn FC were one of the clubs who answered correctly with “ Technical, Psychological, Physical and Social”, and were delighted to be invited to play two friendly matches with the City Elite Under 8s squad. 

The matches took place at York City Foundation’s winter training venue, Canon Lee School. Brooklyn FC brought enough players to field two strong sides, including one of their players, who has already been scouted for City Elite. 

Mike Revill, YCFC Foundation Community Officer confirmed: “The aim of City Elite, is for an advanced training opportunity for talented young players, which helps them to bridge the gap between grassroots and academy level football. The weekly training sessions are designed to be in addition to training and playing for local clubs.” 

“ The night was a brilliant insight for all connected with Brooklyn FC, as players, parents and coaches were also able to see how young, talented players play and train with City Elite, and we thank Benenden for their continued support in our City in the Community programme. It was a great opportunity for all the boys, and we really enjoyed finishing the night off with a question and answer sessions with York City FC Youth Team Coach Jonathon Greening (former Champions League winner and England U21 International).” 

Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden said: “We were really keen to support this initiative which gave the opportunity for a local grassroots team to be able to play against the York City Elite team. It’s great to hear that the winning team enjoyed the experience and got so much out of taking part. 

“We strongly support York City Foundation’s encouragement of young people getting involved with football in their local area. It’s therefore something we look forward to continuing to work together on.

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