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View Nicholas91's Profile Nicholas91 Flag The Democratic Republic of Kent 12 Aug 22 2.18pm Send a Private Message to Nicholas91 Add Nicholas91 as a friend

Originally posted by ASCPFC

Depends what she looked like.

Superb, ha.

 


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

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View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 12 Aug 22 2.22pm Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Originally posted by MrRobbo

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

I didn't watch it. I've no interest in watching a programme about children chasing an impossible dream that almost inevitably will be shattered, so was just intrigued to know why the parent of one if the kids was identified in the documentary as "single". If it was part of a wider context within the documentary, such as: "it's difficult enough for 2 parents then look how difficult it is for 1", then that would have answered my question, rather than my intelligence being questioned.

 


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View MrRobbo's Profile MrRobbo Flag Purley 12 Aug 22 4.58pm Send a Private Message to MrRobbo Add MrRobbo as a friend

Originally posted by YT

I didn't watch it. I've no interest in watching a programme about children chasing an impossible dream that almost inevitably will be shattered, so was just intrigued to know why the parent of one if the kids was identified in the documentary as "single". If it was part of a wider context within the documentary, such as: "it's difficult enough for 2 parents then look how difficult it is for 1", then that would have answered my question, rather than my intelligence being questioned.

'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.'

Pretty sure you could have deuced that 6 training sessions and 2 matches a week at different clubs would be difficult for a single parent, but if not you know now the intention

 

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View lush1076's Profile lush1076 Flag leatherhead 12 Aug 22 6.27pm Send a Private Message to lush1076 Add lush1076 as a friend

The bit that made me sad was when the 11/12 year olds started talking about money.

 

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View auk's Profile auk Flag 12 Aug 22 11.09pm Send a Private Message to auk Add auk as a friend

The bit I liked was Wilf emphasising the importance of discipline!

Like other posters, I thought Phil H came across very well. He had terrific rapport both with the lads and with their parents.

However, I was left wondering if the intensity was good for growing bodies - one boy had already sustained a long term injury.

And at such a young age, should they really be in such a competitive hothouse? in effect, they are sacrificing their childhood - a bit like the gymnasts in China and Russia.

Probably better to be released early than when they reach their 20s to give them the chance to be normal.

In days gone by, academies didnít exist. The stars of the future seemed to spend all their spare time kicking a tennis ball against a brick wall to hone their skills.

Did Ian Wright go through an academy? Or Vardy?


 

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View Nubes's Profile Nubes Flag London 13 Aug 22 3.53am Send a Private Message to Nubes Add Nubes as a friend

Watched it!

Made me feel proud of the academy and Palace.

I did some scouting for West Ham (U10s) a few years ago. It is such a roller coaster for the families and boys. The criteria for what the coaches / clubs are looking for can change annually.

In many cases the parents are or seem to be living out their dreams and have the wrong motivations for their sons to be successful!

Iím looking forward to next weeks episode still!

 

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View highbury eagle's Profile highbury eagle Flag Islington 13 Aug 22 8.13am Send a Private Message to highbury eagle Add highbury eagle as a friend

They continue at school as normal all the way through their secondary education. It's only post 16 when they commit to daily training.

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.

 


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Easy as picking foxes from a tree.
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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 13 Aug 22 8.18am Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by highbury eagle

They continue at school as normal all the way through their secondary education. It's only post 16 when they commit to daily training.


Also do Palace not send some older kids to Whitgift

 

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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 13 Aug 22 8.22am Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by Nubes

Watched it!

Made me feel proud of the academy and Palace.

I did some scouting for West Ham (U10s) a few years ago. It is such a roller coaster for the families and boys. The criteria for what the coaches / clubs are looking for can change annually.

In many cases the parents are or seem to be living out their dreams and have the wrong motivations for their sons to be successful!

Iím looking forward to next weeks episode still!

I agree. Felt for the young lad who was short, being short myself, I can relate. In the 60s I played for district schools team, the coach said he thought I was County standard but could not recommend me as I too short. I was devastated. Hope he has a growth spurt.
As I said in previous post, many worlds will come crashing down

 

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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 13 Aug 22 8.23am Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by lush1076

The bit that made me sad was when the 11/12 year olds started talking about money.

Yes indeed.

 

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View esox lucius's Profile esox lucius Flag Deal 13 Aug 22 8.27am Send a Private Message to esox lucius Add esox lucius as a friend

Originally posted by lush1076

The bit that made me sad was when the 11/12 year olds started talking about money.

Yep, found that a little sad, inside their minds they were already spending their first months salary. Still I guess it just shows football these days is all about money.

 

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 13 Aug 22 8.35am Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Spiderman

I agree. Felt for the young lad who was short, being short myself, I can relate. In the 60s I played for district schools team, the coach said he thought I was County standard but could not recommend me as I too short. I was devastated. Hope he has a growth spurt.
As I said in previous post, many worlds will come crashing down

There was a stat a while ago, might have changed now, that a large percentage of pro footballers had a birthday from September to December simply because in their age groups they had six months growth on others.
That school of thought, a good big 'un beats a good little 'un, must have stopped a few kids from progressing.

 

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