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Norwich City’s budding stars take on Colchester United

PUBLISHED: 00:21 22 November 2010 | UPDATED: 00:45 22 November 2010

Action from Norwich City Football in the Community's tournament at City of Norwich School; Norwich City v Colchester United.

Action from Norwich City Football in the Community's tournament at City of Norwich School; Norwich City v Colchester United.

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Football in the Community’s Player Development Centre put its advanced programme into full effect by testing its players against their Colchester United peers.

FITC’s half-term festival at the end of October, held at City of Norwich School, saw 240 players on Norwich City’s PDC books – from Under-7 through to Under-15 level – strut their stuff.

The development centre programme is a strictly invitational coaching scheme that feeds into the Canaries’ Academy, with players selected from seven centres across Norfolk: Gorleston, Lowestoft, Cromer, King’s Lynn, Wymondham, Thetford and Norwich.

The emphasis for the players is on developing skills and football knowledge, although their festival against the Us also gave them a chance to test their competitive edge.

Development manager Darran Lovell said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for the players to represent the FITC Player Development Centre against a fellow professional side.

“The games were a great way to enhance the development of all the players involved as well as monitor their progress in a competitive environment.”

• For further information on the charity’s schemes, contact FITC on 01603 761122 or visit www.fitc.org.uk


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