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Troy Townsend: Why Kick It Out’s Equality Inspires programme is so important for young footballers today

Troy Townsend at Wembley

Ask anyone about racism in football and they’ll all say the same thing: “more needs to be done.” At Kick it Out, though, they are working tirelessly to promote equality in football and eradicate what is one of the long-lasting stains on the beautiful game. Last season, the organisation, along with the Premier League, took their work to another level ... Read More »

OTPN INTERVIEW: Bournemouth and England U20 captain Lewis Cook on Leeds to the Premier League and beyond

Richard Amofa with Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook had just walked out of the changing room. Warm up done. Kit administered. Shinpads applied. Before him stood the imposing figure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Wayne Rooney too. Cook was about the make his Premier League debut, and there is no bigger introduction to the Premier League stage than an encounter with Manchester United. “Seeing them all in the ... Read More »

Crystal Palace U18s 2-1 Coventry City U18s – Young Eagles end Sky Blues’ 11 match winning run

academy football

It is perhaps a little premature to herald a new dawn for Crystal Palace’s academy, but in the early Spring sunshine, a very young U18 side produced a superb performance to end Coventry City’s 11-game winning run with a 2-1 victory at Goals. Two consecutive wins for this inexperienced U18 side, containing just a single second-year scholar in Sam Woods ... Read More »

Young Players selected in EFL Teams of the Year

Ollie Watkins and Brad Potts

Only two young players have been named in the EFL Teams of the Year. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) and Brad Potts (Blackpool) were named in the team for League Two. Read more: Inside the Manchester City Academy: An interview with director, Mark Allen No U23s were selected for the Championship or League One XI’s. Exeter’s Ollie Watkins has had a brilliant ... Read More »

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