PREMIER League outfit Norwich City have announced the opening of a football development centre in Bury St Edmunds later this month.
The centre, which is proposed to be based at Culford School, will be set up for eight to 12-year-olds from the town and surrounding areas with the aim of finding the counties’ most talented youngsters.
Those lucky enough to be selected will then take part in a dedicated training programme to offer them the opportunity of graduating through the Canarie’s full youth academy.
Ricky Martin, Norwich City’s academy manager, spoke of the aims of the development centre and the opportunities it represents for the counties’ young hopefuls.
“We are looking to identify talented young players with the aim of allowing them to progress through to our full academy,” he said.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for us as a club to strengthen our catchment area and that is what we are looking to do.
“It will give the youngsters of the area and surrounding areas the chance to progress through a Premier League club and we will be investing our resources and time into doing that.”