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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Football Academy teams ended a triumphant first year with both the Elite and Reserve Squad ending the season as AoC Sport League Category  2 and Category 3 league champions and celebrating with an awards presentation at the College’s Enfield Centre last week.

The College’s Football Academy, which has only been running for one academic year is made up of two teams, the Elite team and the Reserves squad. The Elite team won their final match against Charlton College Scheme at Charlton Sparrow by a nail biting one point, coming top of the league. Player, Alliance Konga is currently studying Plumbing level 2, he said: “It’s been a really good season for us, we’ve managed to win both leagues and every player has contributed to that. The Football Academy has helped me boost my fitness levels and helped me develop as a player. Next year I’m going to continue on to Level 3 of my Plumbing course and over the summer apply to play for some semi-pro clubs.”

Next year players will have the opportunity to try out for Wingate and Finchley. They will have the opportunity to play in the FA Youth Club, Conference League as well as the opportunity to play for their under 18’s, under 21’s and the first team.

Business Level 3 player, Risley Kamba said “The Football Academy has really benefited me. It’s helped me to improve my football skills as well as build solid friendships. My plan is to continue to improve and get to a professional level. Anyone that’s considering joining the Football Academy definitely should; it helps you get to a much better footballing level, the coaching is brilliant, you learn a lot and you also get a really good education at the same time.”

The players celebrated the end of season with an awards ceremony which saw Dimitar Karov winning the Coaches Player of the Season, Rabby Dinsundi , the Most Improved Player of the Season and Idair Mendes winning the prestigious Player’s Player of the Year.

Coach Miquel De Souza said: “The first year of the Football Academy has surpassed our expectations. The success of the team has derived from fantastic facilities at the College, excellent and dedicated coaches and the players who have trained hard and given everything at weekly matches. The feedback from the players’ tutors has also been really positive and their determination and maturity has been evident in their studies.

“Anyone considering joining the Football Academy should come down for some training sessions and have at the look at the fantastic facilities we have and the standard of education we have to offer. Moving forward we are striving to create the best possible environment for our players to reach their maximum potential.”

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