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Student scores a contract with the Daggers' youth team

2nd February 2016

Barking & Dagenham College Football Academy student, Jakub Berkowicz, has been talent spotted by local club Dagenham & Redbridge FC and has secured a place on the Club?s under 18 team.

Jakub, aged 18 from south east London, joined the College’s Academy in September 2015 but it wasn’t long before his outstanding footballing talent was spotted by the College’s Academy coaches and he was put forward for a six-week trial with the Club.

Talking of his good fortune, Jakub said

“It is exciting for me to be training four times a week with my team colleagues. The facilities are great and I am very grateful to everyone for this opportunity.”

Jakub will continue his sports studies as an apprentice at Barking & Dagenham College one day a week, alongside his training regime and playing commitments for the Club.

Academy trials

Jimmy Martin, Head of the Football Academy at Barking & Dagenham College (pictured above on the left) said of Jakub’s achievement

“The College’s unique partnership Dagenham & Redbridge FC presents the perfect opportunity for students to be talent spotted by a professional club. We are all extremely proud of Jakub’s achievement and I am sure that others will follow in his footsteps. I would encourage other talented young players out there to register for a place on one of our Academy trials.”

"Obvious ability"

Kenny Brown, Academy Manager at Dagenham & Redbridge FC (pictured above 2nd from left), said

“We are delighted to offer Jakub a contract for the rest of the season, with the potential for him to become a full-time professional player next year.
In addition to his obvious ability, he is also professional, hardworking and an exciting prospect to be working with.

“Jakub is a welcome addition to the squad - having scored 4 times already since joining the team - and we are excited to see how he develops with Dagenham & Redbridge FC.”

Follow in Jakub's footsteps and join a trial for September 2016 places

Follow this link for more information about the Barking & Dagenham College Football Academy trial dates and how you can register.

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