Regional Talent Hub players selected to play in Kicks festival

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As part of their recent trip to Swansea for a Premier League Kicks festival, three young players from Saints Foundation’s Regional Talent Hub were asked to join the squad, giving them the chance to test the skills they had learnt in a new, competitive environment.

Saints Foundation’s Regional Talent Hub is an advanced coaching platform for young footballers who are deaf, visually impaired or have cerebral palsy, and aims to develop players socially, physically, physiologically and technically, and through a combination of all these, it aims to progress them onto the England disability pathway.

For Will Ramsay, 15, the opportunity was the perfect chance to put into practice new skills he had learnt through the Talent Hub, but also for him to come out of his comfort zone.

“Will was unsure at first, but he loved it,” Will’s Mum, Kate, said. “The chance to test himself against a cross-section of non-disability players is one he truly relishes.”

“It also allows him to meet new people, travel, socialise and represent Southampton FC, which all helps builds his self-belief.”

Will and his teammates travelled to Swansea over the weekend, where they took part in a series of games against their Kicks counterparts from Swansea City’s Community Trust programme.

After struggling with various health problems in his early teens, Will stopped engaging in mainstream sports and activities, but participating in the Foundation’s Regional Talent Hub has given him the motivation to get involved again.

“Just attending the Talent Hub by himself, without his school friends, helps his confidence, and he especially enjoys working with the Foundation’s coaching staff.”

“He holds Martin Sinclair in particularly high esteem, whose career with the England CP team is one he had followed for years and aims to emulate.”

To find out more about Saints Kicks, our Regional Talent Hub or the wider Saints4All programme, please contact Rob Pearce at rpearce@saintsfc.co.uk.

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