Rising stars return ‘home’ to inspire young players

10:00am Saturday 8th June 2013

Football prodigees who owe their exciting futures to an elite football academy based in Walthamstow returned to their former training base on Tuesday to inspire a new generation of players.

Bailey Elite football academy aims to help young talented footballers achieve their dreams and its development side, Interwood FC, has nurtured the likes of former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba.

The latest crop of graduates, some of whom have joined the ranks at Chelsea, Arsenal and Cardiff City, visited their old home where they helped in the current players' training.

They included Chelsea’s Johathan Muleba, Arsenal’s Alfred Mugabo, Cardiff’s David Tatunda and Nathan Okoye, Brentford’s Lionel Stone, Bristol City’s Pierce Mitchell, Swansea City’s Connor Peters, Norwich City’s Rhys Browne, Charlton Athletic’s Greg Stewart and Rea Laudat, who plays for San Francisco University America.

Commercial director Karen O'Neill said: “It was great to see so many of the former players come back and show the current kids where they can get to.

“The academy is really proud of what all the scholars have achieved.”

For information on Bailey Football Academy, visit www.baileyfootballacademy.co.uk.

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