Youngster Is-haq gets his big chance with Notts County

Is-haq Makki Brown

Is-haq Makki Brown

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A YOUNG player from Bulwell has more reason than most to look forward to the new football season.

For Is-haq Makki Brown, who is only eight years old, fought off stiff competition to be selected to train at The Magpies’ centre of excellence for the development of young talent.

Is-haq has been told that he will join the centre for a six-week trial period after attending an open trial held at Hood Park Leisure Centre, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. He will get to train and develop his potential under the club’s experienced and FA-qualified coaches.

Previous centre of excellence players Lewis Whiteley, Haydn Hollis, Liam Mitchell and George Nicholas went on to join to train and play as full-time scholars in the youth teams and, at 18 years old, they are now playing professionally for Notts County.

The open trial was staged by the Kick Start initiative in partnership with Notts in a move to scout young talent from the region.

The Magpies’ technical skills coach, Brett Adams, says: “Reformed by the club three years ago, the centre of excellence has been a great success in developing young talent, with four from our first crop already making it as professionals with us.

“Forming this partnership with Kick Start enables us to expand our scouting network, with the aim of giving youngsters the opportunity to reach their sporting potential and possibly eventually play as professionals.”

Some of the other children who attended the Sunday trial will go on to train with a new Notts County FC Development Centre at Hood Park Leisure Centre run on Tuesdays (from 5.30pm).

Notts County currently have 130 youngsters, aged up to 14, in their development squads and centre of excellence. There are also 15 full-time scholars in the youth teams.

Kick Start offers unique football development programmes for local clubs, teams, schools and communities, aimed at increasing participation, as well as improving standards of play in football.