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Lily's progression

24 June 2021

This week we were delighted to hear the news that Lily from our Haverhill Elite PDC has been signed by Arsenal FC, into their Pre-Academy.

Within the first year of our Elite PDC at The New Croft it has been fantastic to see the progress of all the girls, Lily’s move is a perfect example of this. 

Following the news, we caught up with Lily’s parents on her time at Norwich, who gave the following quote: “Lily really enjoyed her time at Norwich, she really enjoyed learning different aspects of the game. Lily has hugely improved since being at Norwich. Her skills and confidence have really excelled.” When asked what Lily’s favourite thing about being a part of our Elite PDC was, her parents responded, ‘Quoted by Lily, “the coaches”. 

Football Development Coordinator Sammy Whittaker who has been Lily’s coach throughout her time at Norwich gave his thoughts on Lily’s progress: “First of all, a massive congratulations to Lily on signing for Arsenal FC. Lily has shown such a positive attitude throughout her time being at Norwich and because of this, Lily’s development throughout the season has been outstanding. Lily has shown a desire to take in as much information as she can, always asking questions to further her knowledge/ understanding, accepting any given challenges as an individual or as a team. Her overall ability has improved week by week. It has been an absolute pleasure coaching Lily and I wish her all the best at Arsenal and in the future. “

Our Girls Football Development Manager Jack Rayner added: “We are all delighted for Lily, she is a fantastic player with a lot of potential. From working with Lily throughout this season her positive attitude and willingness to learn has always been outstanding. It is great to see and support our players in taking on new challenges and endeavours, our goal is always to help players develop on and off the field so to see her growth in confidence, as well as her technical ability, has been so rewarding.”

We wish Lily all the best for the future and will look forward to keeping a close eye on what is sure to be a successful career ahead. 

Register your interest in our Girls Football Pathway today to start your own journey with us: 

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