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View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 12 Aug 22 11.11am Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Originally posted by Plumpton eagle

How on earth do some of these parents do it? 3 practice session and a match. One of the single mums had another boy at Chelsea.

Why is it relevant to state that she's single?

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You really need to ask? It's hardly rocket science is it?

Perhaps you're not a parent. It can be challenging for two parents to juggle after school activities and try and help their children maximise their potential. The cost is not just in money but also time, effort and stress.

It's not a new concept. Many parents make great sacrifices for their children. It must be doubly difficult for a single parent, maybe even more so.

To be a single parent is a lifestyle choice, isn't it?

 


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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 12 Aug 22 11.24am Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by YT

To be a single parent is a lifestyle choice, isn't it?

Not necessarily. A friend of mine was widowed in her twenties with 2 young children, she didnít choose it believe me

Edited by Spiderman (12 Aug 2022 11.26am)

 

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View martin2412's Profile martin2412 Flag The Big Wide World 12 Aug 22 11.36am Send a Private Message to martin2412 Add martin2412 as a friend

Originally posted by YT

To be a single parent is a lifestyle choice, isn't it?

Maybe by the dad who has done a runner. Not neccessarily by the mum left holding the baby.

 

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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 12 Aug 22 12.00pm Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by martin2412

Maybe by the dad who has done a runner. Not neccessarily by the mum left holding the baby.

The dad in this case died of heart problem when the boy was about 5. Mother didnít have a choice

 

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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag The garden of England 12 Aug 22 12.01pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

Getting off topic !

 

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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 12 Aug 22 12.31pm Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by cryrst

Getting off topic !

You are right.
Just watched it, thought it was very good but you just know so many worlds are going to come crashing down!

 

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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Online Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 12 Aug 22 1.17pm Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

Originally posted by YT

Why is it relevant to state that she's single?

Depends what she looked like.

 


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View WJK1960's Profile WJK1960 Flag Purley 12 Aug 22 1.51pm Send a Private Message to WJK1960 Add WJK1960 as a friend

I watched the programme too. Very interesting. One of the boys looked particularly talented.

I was curious however as to what sort of 'contract' a 12 year old boy is offered - is it 'we just want you to continue to train and develop with us' in order to avoid them moving to another team or is there a financial reward even at 12 years old eg paying expenses for example.

 

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Online Flag 12 Aug 22 2.01pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by WJK1960

I watched the programme too. Very interesting. One of the boys looked particularly talented.

I was curious however as to what sort of 'contract' a 12 year old boy is offered - is it 'we just want you to continue to train and develop with us' in order to avoid them moving to another team or is there a financial reward even at 12 years old eg paying expenses for example.

This has some information. There is some money involved.

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 12 Aug 22 2.03pm Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by WJK1960

I watched the programme too. Very interesting. One of the boys looked particularly talented.

I was curious however as to what sort of 'contract' a 12 year old boy is offered - is it 'we just want you to continue to train and develop with us' in order to avoid them moving to another team or is there a financial reward even at 12 years old eg paying expenses for example.

Yep, that's true about the contract, wasn't clear. Another point made by the TV critic in the Mail was 'What's happened to their school work?'. If they don't progress in the Academy the kids need some decent education to fall back on. Assume that's a given.

 


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View MrRobbo's Profile MrRobbo Flag Purley 12 Aug 22 2.11pm Send a Private Message to MrRobbo Add MrRobbo as a friend

Originally posted by YT

Why is it relevant to state that she's single?

are you being dense or trying to imply something?

2 kids at 2 different academies the other side of London, would be hard enough with 1 parents, let alone her on her own

 

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View Nicholas91's Profile Nicholas91 Flag The Democratic Republic of Kent 12 Aug 22 2.17pm Send a Private Message to Nicholas91 Add Nicholas91 as a friend

Originally posted by Palace Old Geezer

Yep, that's true about the contract, wasn't clear. Another point made by the TV critic in the Mail was 'What's happened to their school work?'. If they don't progress in the Academy the kids need some decent education to fall back on. Assume that's a given.

I think that's long been a talking point, even with Pros who in post football have been well documented succumbing to alcoholism, gambling addictions etc. as they have no 'plan'.

I've always felt as though that responsibility should be shared between parents and club. If you're a child, and led to believe you will be a multi-millionaire footballer one day, the prospect of that not happening could easily be nowhere near the forefront of your mind and resultantly decisions and the reality must come like a ton of bricks.

Edited by Nicholas91 (12 Aug 2022 2.18pm)

 


Now Zaha's got a bit of green grass ahead of him here... and finds Ambrose... not a bad effort!!!!

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