Saturday, August 6, 2011

How the football school of Pele, Maradona & Ronaldinho has been transported to a west London estate

In a little corner of west London things have turned decidedly South American. On an astro turf under the A33 overpass, Samba Street Soccer founder Andrew Amers-Morrison and his coaches are taking their players through their paces.

But this isn't just any group of budding young footballers; these kids regularly beat the best London has to offer and are routinely on trials at professional clubs, yet all come from just around the corner of the Westminster Academy where today 40 or so kids are being coached.

 Since 2005, 20 boys who have played for Samba have ended up with professional contracts at League 
clubs, one girl has been handed a scholarship in America and clubs like Manchester United and Inter are constantly on the phone. Meanwhile, 140 have been sent on trials, so what makes a tiny corner of London such a hotbed for footballing talent?

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