19th Oct, 2018

Young footballers take next step on career ladder after signing for Birmingham City's Academy

Steve Carpenter 22nd Oct, 2016 Updated: 24th Oct, 2016

IT SEEMS as though Birmingham City’s Academy has caught the ‘FootieBug’ after two players from an elite training programme for youngsters in Solihull were signed up.
Connor Corbett and Lily Falahee are both members of the FootieBugs Academy, which provides coaching for young footballers in the area from under-six to under-12 level.
Talented six-year-old Connor has secured a place at Birmingham City’s Academy after being scouted by the Championship club while in action during the under-7s age group.
Despite his young age, Connor has already established such a great presence on the pitch and displays skills of children double his age with a wonderful left foot.
After watching him in action, the Blues scout commented: “Connor displayed great talent. His work ethic is phenomenal; he will turn into very talented footballer.”
There was more good news for the academy as Falahee was signed up by Birmingham City’s ladies side and she is now on a pathway to the Women’s Super League.
Lily has been with FootieBugs since she was six years old and her career has gone from strength to strength for the football mad youngster who continues to improve with age.
FootieBugs Academy director, Ashley Sammons, is delighted with the progress that both players have made and he could not be happier for them.
“I wish Lily and Connor all the best for the future and I am sure they will go far as they both have so much talent,” said Ashley, who played for Birmingham City before his career was cut short due to injury.
“I am very proud of every child here at the FootieBugs Academy, and it is brilliant to see that what we have done here has developed them into amazing players.”
FootieBugs is a part of The Bugs Group who have a mission to make children’s exercise fun, exhilarating and accessible for all. They believe that by making fitness fun, children will become happy and healthy.
For more information about the FootieBugs Academy visit www.thebugsgroup.com.

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