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Hat-Trick success for Pitsford School pupils

It’s certainly a hat-trick success at Pitsford School with three Junior School pupils having been scouted by professional football clubs.

Six-year old Raffi Oliveti has been playing football since he was two-and-a-half years old. After being spotted playing for his local team by an Aston Villa scout, Raffi has been invited to train with Aston Villa’s Elite Development Centre. Raffi, whose favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo, was recently scouted by Leicester City meaning he now trains with two Premier League sides.

“I enjoy the skill games that we practice and also playing with the older boys to make it harder to score,”, said Raffi who also plays for the Brixworth FC Northampton and District Youth Alliance League on Saturdays.

Leonard Padde, is seven-years old, and has had an interest in football from a young age having started playing football at the age of four. Leonard occasionally attends Northampton Town football matches with his father and, earlier this year, was invited to attend a skill assessment day by the club’s coaches, resulting in him now training with Northampton Town Academy’s U7s Elite twice a week.

An avid supporter of Northampton Town and Swansea FC, Leonard’s favourite football player is Bafetimbi Gomis. “Training with Northampton Town is fun and exciting. I always look forward to learning new skills during the training sessions, making new friends and playing games against other teams,” said Leonard who also plays for Kislingbury FC in the Northampton District Youth Alliance League.

Niko Simic, who is six-years old, has been playing football since he was four. Niko went along to a Northampton Town Trial last summer where he was selected to play for the U7s Northampton Town Development Centre.

There are currently six boys in the group including Niko and training consists of different attack and defence exercises; individual ball control and skill exercises as well as training games. Niko also plays for the Moulton Magpies and attends the Freestyle Football Development Academy. Niko, whose favourite team is Liverpool, said: “Training is always fun and I love learning new skills and playing against lots of teams.”

Pitsford School’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mr Fabrice Vie, who is also the ISFA Girls’ U18 Midlands Coach commented: “I am delighted to hear that we have three very promising footballers in the Junior School and am very much looking forward to seeing them in action in a few years’ time when they join us in the Senior School.”

Mr Vie has recently started to work with the Sixth Formers during their games lessons and there is already enough potential in the squad to play some competitive football. With the construction of Pitsford School’s new £2million Sports Centre due for completion next year, Mr Vie intends that the School will be able to host the U18 Girls’ Midlands Trials in the near future.

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