Youngsters have their big chance to shine at trials
MORE than 250 young footballers will take part in a series of Trawling The Town trials with the Mighty Mariners next week.
The campaign, which has been launched to unearth the brightest young footballing talents, is back and is bigger than ever.
Starting on Monday, Grimsby Town's team of professional coaches will hold a weeks worth of open trials at Oasis Academy Wintringham.
Those players who impress will be offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sign for sides in the club's School of Excellence.
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Since its re-launch last month, over 260 young footballers, from all over the region have registered to take part.
School of Excellence manager, Adam Smith, said: "Every child in the town should have the opportunity to train with their local professional football club.
"Local grass roots football clubs provide a vital foundation for any young player's development, Trawling the Town offers to take those players onto the next stage of that development.
"Since the last Trawling the Town event, we have offered a number of players the opportunity to register full time for the club, which proves that the initiative works.
"We have been overwhelmed by the number of entrants for next weeks training sessions and hopefully the Club will once again be able to make a positive impression on all those who attend.
"All we ask is that parents bring their child to the venue in plenty of time, wearing suitable attire and, most importantly, on the correct evening for their child's age group.
"We are expecting everyone who submitted an application form, either via email or through the post, to attend throughout the week so the turnout at each event should be fantastic.
"Everyone from the club's School of Excellence is looking forward to the trials and meeting all of the young players who take part."
All trials will be held at Oasis Academy Wintringham on Weelsby Avenue in Grimsby. Each session expected to run between 6pm and 8pm, but entrants are advised to arrive for 5.30pm to allow for registration.
The sessions will take place on grass pitches so participants are asked to wear suitable clothing and footwear.
Parents are asked to only bring their child to the appropriate trial for his age group.
The schedule for the week is as follows:
UNDER 7s and UNDER 8s – MONDAY JUNE 25: Open to players born on or between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2005
UNDER 9s and UNDER 10s – TUESDAY JUNE 26: Open to players born on or between 1 September 2001 and 31 August 2003
UNDER 11s and UNDER 12s – WEDNESDAY JUNE 27: Open to players born on or between 1 September 1999 and 31 August 2001
UNDER 13s and UNDER 14s – THURSDAY JUNE 28: Open to players born on or between 1 September 1997 and 31 August 1999
UNDER 15s and UNDER 16s – FRIDAY JUNE 29: Open to players born on or between 1 September 1995 and 31 August 1997
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