Trawling The Town: Campaign to find future Grimsby Town stars relaunches
AS part of Local Newspaper Week, we are showcasing examples of how the Grimsby Telegraph can help make a real difference to the local community.
Here reporter MATTHEW DANNATT relaunches our Trawling The Town campaign, which is designed to give talented local footballers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play for their local club.
TRAWLING The Town is back – does YOUR child have what it takes to play for Grimsby Town?
The campaign – which is designed to unearth the area's brightest footballing talents and give them the once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to sign for their local side – has been relaunched and this time its bigger than ever.
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It follows the fantastic success of the first round of trials earlier this year, in which over 70 youngsters tried out for their local team, as reported.
Next month, professional coaches from the club's School Of Excellence will hold a week's worth of open trials at Oasis Academy Wintringham to give even more young players a chance to earn their place in teams at the club's School Of Excellence.
The schedule of trials is as follows:
Monday, June 25: Under 7s and under 8s (open to players born on or between September 1, 2003, and August 31, 2005).
Tuesday, June 26: Under 9s and under 10s (open to players born on or between September 1, 2001, and August 31, 2003).
Wednesday, June 27: Under 11s and under 12s (open to players born on or between September 1, 1999, and August 31, 2001).
Thursday, June 28: Under 13s and under 14s (open to players born on or between September 1, 1997, and August 31, 1999).
Friday, June 29: Under 15s and under 16s (open to players born on or between September 1, 1995 and August 31, 1997).
All trials will run from 6pm to 8pm and, in order for your child to get involved, all you have to do is complete the entry form printed opposite, send it to The Grimsby Telegraph by Monday, June 18, and attend the corresponding trial for your child's age group.
Although the trials are not open to girls, the club has said that parents of any applications it receives will be contacted.
School Of Excellence manager Adam Smith said: "The next set of Trawling The Town sessions will open the club's doors to every child in the town.
"Every young aspiring footballer should have access to their local professional football club and Trawling The Town provides that opportunity.
"From the last set of Trawling The Town sessions, the club has successfully engaged 76 young footballers, with more than half receiving a total of seven hours' contact time with our professional coaches.
"Trawling The Town demonstrates that there are young aspiring footballers out there who have the potential to play for their local professional club.
"The fact that this campaign could help to find some of those is the most exciting thing."
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Keep reading your Grimsby Telegraph for coverage of the trial and stories with the youngsters dreaming of Mariners stardom.