Norwich City’s budding stars take on Colchester United

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