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Participant Focus: Ben Newton

22 July 2021

We caught up with Bishop Laney player Ben Newton following his time on our Football and Education Programme. Ben has been with the RDP for 5 years and is a fine example on and off the pitch for students enrolled on the course.

Tell us about your journey with the RDP?

When was around 13/14 I was part of Norwich City’s goalkeeper PDC in Cambridge. I would have specific goalkeeper training to help me develop.

During my time there I played games against other PDC teams from clubs such as MK dons as well as other Norwich PDC programs across East Anglia. During my last two years I was part of the elite squad they had set up. Here I would train with outfield players on one night and understand how to play as a team as well as continuing my goalkeeping.

At this time I was given an opportunity to play in a football tournament in Denmark against other European teams, as well as training and playing for further Norwich City pathways.

After that I wanted to continue my football and found out about the Post 16 Football & Education programme at Bishop Laney Sixth Form in Ely, where my previous coaches were working.

They spoke about how the aims was to improve our footballing abilities and help us progress into the next level of football alongside our academic requirements.

I joined the program and was playing in the National Alliance league which was a competitive league and receiving high quality in depth training which was a step up from what I had at the PDC helping me to develop and progress into men’s football.

What did you enjoy most about the program?

During my time at the with the RDP, I enjoyed the detail of coaching I had. The coaches helped us, not only improve technically and become better players, but they also helped me to understand the tactics behind certain situations, which would help us improve.

Additionally this was paired with a very strong and competitive league against some top teams, meaning each game day we were tested, and this challenge of having to adapt to the scenario made me enjoy this program.

How has your time with the RDP helped you develop?

What helped me develop at the RDP was the detail given to us in every training session. Before the main drill in each session the coaches would talk through the aims and objectives for each player and how the drill worked. They would be designed around the players in the squad and this meant everyone was learning rather than being specific to one position. They would also be around are style of play when it came to game day both defensively and attacking play.

I will be moving onto Brooksby Melton College which is a small university parented with a company called Future Elite, where will be doing another football program alongside my education and I looked to progress further with my football.

If you would be interested to hear more about our Football and Education Programmes please contact for more information.

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