College trio invited to train with academy – News

Three players from the Thurstable Sixth Form Football College program were recently invited to a week-long training session with the club’s scholars.

Ahead of the end of the season, three talented players from our current group of under-19 students at Colchester United Football in the Community (CUFITC) Thurstable Sixth Form Football College were invited to spend a week training with the Academy in Florence Park. the Colchester United training ground. Antoine Atmadjov, Vitor Branca and Joshua Fenton-Jones had an impressive season during the EFL Community & Education Football Alliance season and deserved a chance to go head-to-head with the club’s Under-18 scholarship holders.

Louis Dunne, Head Coach of the Football College program and former Colchester United first-team player, worked closely with Liam Bailey and Adam Lewis (under-18 academy coaching staff at the club) to take this opportunity to give them feedback on their progress and testing them with the players of the club’s youth team.

Adam Lewis, U18 assistant coach shared: “It was positive that some of the college players came to train with us and gave us the opportunity to see players coming out of the Football College program at Thurstable. The path is open in our club and we are always willing to give someone the opportunity to test themselves at this level when they deserve it.”

Louis Dunne, the head coach at Thurstable Football College said: “The three guys did well in a very competitive and high-quality environment. It has now motivated her and the others in our program to reach those potential levels one day. We look forward to welcoming the new students next year and there are still places available but places are limited due to the high demand we have received for the 2022/23 season.”

Antoine Atmadjov, one of the college players who had the opportunity to train with the scholars, commented on his experiences; “It was a fantastic opportunity to compete with the students and get feedback on how and what I need to improve to aim for this level. I am very grateful to Louis from the college program and the club’s U18 coaching staff for giving me this chance to show them what I can do. I work hard on and off the pitch at college, my grassroots club and in my free time to work on that feedback which is helping me to further my development and push for another opportunity to show the club what I can do!”

The CUFITC Football College Program strives to support boys ages 12 and 13 in their academic studies while developing them as young men and footballers.

We still have very limited places available in our new student reception for the 2022/23 season.

For more information on the CUFITC Football College Program visit –

To find out how Colchester United have fared in the EFL Community & Education Football Alliance South East Division 2 (A Team) and Division 3 (B Team) during the 2021/22 season please visit – https://fulltime.thefa .com/index.html?league=215118561

For more information on our partner Sixth Form at Thrustable visit –

If you would like to speak to us directly about opportunities in the 2022/23 season and upcoming testing opportunities please contact – [email protected]

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